Japan Cup 2013

Michael Rogers Powers to Rainy Solo Win on SRM

SRM sponsored team, Saxo-Tinkoff, finished the season with a fantastic result in the Japan Cup Road Race where Michael Rogers took matters in to his own hands and soloed his way to victory in heavy rain after 151.3 kilometers of riding.

The mountainous course in Utsunomiya Forest was an excellent fit for the powerful Saxo-Tinkoff Aussie and when he first broke clear on the final lap not even a handful of chasing riders were able to catch him. -teamsaxotinkoff.com

Japan Cup: Michael Rogers (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)

Michael Rogers, past Time Trial World Champion and Tour of California winner, rode to a solo victory in 4:25:00 with an average power output over 245 watts. His average speed was 33kph with a cadence of 66rpm average. At 72kg, his race effort required nearly 4,000 kilocalories as he climbed 1,975 meters over the 151km course. 

“In the beginning of the race, a small group managed to create a gap but the big teams worked together in the chase and had the race under control. Our boys did a perfect job setting up Michael for the finale and when Michael first got a gap, he went in to time trial mode and was impossible to catch,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Philippe Mauduit.

The Final Attack on SRM

In the final 25km Michael pushed over 362 average watts with a cadence average of 76rpm. He delivered a 962 watt surge as he initiated the attack and averaged 37kph with an average heart rate of 171bpm into the finish.

Michael Rogers explains:

Race Averages

Time 4:25:00
AVG Power 245.7 watts
AVG Heart rate 142 bpm
AVG Speed 33.4 kph
AVG Cadence 66.0 rpm
ALT Gain 1,975 meters
Distance 151 kilometers
Energy 3,944.47 kilojoules
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