La Vuelta a España Stage 13

Cofidis Captures Win with Navarro's Climbing Power

Vuelta a España stage 13 was from Burgos to Cantabria. A hilly 187km route that included a thigh burning 24% incline for 700 m.

The race featured an early breakaway of 11 riders taking off from the peloton to tackle the challenging course and was reduced to only five riders with 30km remaining. The last uncategorized climb saw again nearly twelve riders sprinting for the finish which included top contenders, Contador, Froome, and Valverde, but it was the Spanish climber, Daniel Navarro (Cofidis), who made the gutsy attack for the biggest win of his career to date.

Cofidis became an SRM sponsored team this year in conjunction with the launch of the new FSA K-Force Light UCB (User Changeable Battery) PowerMeter. Read more about the partnership and SRM's latest PowerMeter technology HERE.

Stage 13 contained three categorised climbs all in the second half, including the tricky ascent of the Caracol followed by mostly downhill terrain until the last few rising kilometers to the finish.

Stage Win: Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)

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Racing at 1m74 with approximately 60kg, Dani averaged 205 watts with an average cadence of 63rpm. His speed average over the stage was 43kph as he climbed 2,150 meters total. Navarro's winning performance required more than 2,500 kilocalories in this hilly and technical stage.

Watch the action inside the final kilometers: Stage 13 Finish

Strength & Strategy

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In the last twenty minutes Dani delivered over 292 average watts at an average speed of nearly 50kph. He made his attack on the final ascent which included a one minute effort with 577 average watts and 873 watt peak power. 

“The SRM Training System has been a very important tool for me for several years now. I am able to analyze my work in training and my performance level in races. Having an accurate and reliable PowerMeter enables me to determine how my physical condition is at different periods of the season and to make intra- and inter-seasonal comparisons. In training it has become inevitable in my power-based interval exercises. During races it helps me to find the best place in the peleton with the best drafting in order to save my energy for the climbs. In the climbs it enables me to pace my effort and to evaluate if I will be able to accelerate or attack.” Dani Navarro

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