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Velon compares amateur riders to pros using power data

by CyclingTips

In what is a fascinating assessment of the capabilities of pro and amateur riders, Velon has used the power data of Fernando Gaviria and Andrey Amador plus the typical output of non-pros to predict how they would fare in competition.

Here’s an excerpt:

Amador is a better climber than Gaviria and even led the 2016 Giro for a day, but he was working as a domestique for Nairo Quintana in the 2017 race and was tired by Stage 19, which contained three categorised climbs, including a category-one summit finish at Piancavallo.

On the second climb, to Sella Chianzutan, which is 11.2km long and averages 5.5 per cent gradient, Amador was by Quintana’s side in the peloton and produced impressive power numbers.

Despite being so deep into the race, he was still four and a half minutes faster than even an excellent amateur and 17 minutes quicker than an average amateur.

Click through to read the full article and see the power comparisons at Velon.CC.