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Tour of Luxembourg

09. June 2014 - 2 years, 7 months and 9 days ago

SRM sponsored triathlete and Luxembourg resident, Dirk Bockel, was invited to join the Tour of Luxembourg's prologue on June 4th, a 2.55km course featuring a fast descent, sharp corners, and a killer cobbled climb. The Ironman Champion and Uplace-BMC Triathlon Team member completed a training block at the SRM Italia Headquarters leading up to the Luxembourg event with a primary focus on Challenge Roth, July 20th. Dirk provided his SRM race file from the Prologue and races at 189cm with approximately 76kg. 

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Giro d'Italia Stage 15

01. June 2014 - 2 years, 7 months and 17 days ago

Giro d'Italia's Stage 15 was a mountaintop finish following 225km from Valdengo to Montecampione. Astana's young Sardinian pro, Fabio Aru, came to the base of the day’s final and only climb – nearly 20km up to Montecampione – in the group of leaders – and as other teams began to attack, waited patiently, pedaling coolly and efficiently as the others spent their energy. -Astana Pro Team "Fabio Aru could hardly have picked a better moment to clinch the first victory of his professional career. The 23-year-old Astana rider gave a majestic performance on the iconic climb up to Plan de Montecampione, producing a series of accelerations that left him left him 21 seconds clear." cyclingnews 

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Ironman 70.3 Austria

30. May 2014 - 2 years, 7 months and 19 days ago

Another race and another great result by SRM sponsored athlete Michael Weiss taking the podium at his home race in St.Polten, Austria. His overall time was 3:53:45 which included the fastest bike/run combination of the day for his 4th consecutive race. Eneko Llanos and Marino Vanhoenacker took the two top spots respectively. Great weather, which went from a warm and pleasant 18C at dawn to 25C by the time many of the age group ranks were coming home, combined with superb race day organisation and an electric atmosphere which the Austrians seem so good at creating, resulted in a super day for all. Congratulations to everyone involved. In this article, as always, I want to look at Michi’s numbers from the bike leg [His numbers were metronomically similar to his IM 70.3 St.George performance 3 weeks ago to within a handful watts although slightly higher during short efforts which is a sign that frequent racing is still sharpening his form rather than turning into fatigue]. But also, because one of my best age group coached athletes, Dubai-based Ian Le Pelley, was taking part in the race and whose physiology I know as intimately as Michi’s, I thought that comparing the power files between one of the best athletes in the world and one of the best age group athletes in Dubai could be an interesting insight for many readers. I should also point out that this was only Ian’s second 70.3 race ever and his first for three years yet he still managed to come 11th while posting the second fastest swim and bike splits in his age group. Not bad for a man with a full time career and young family! Impossible is, as we say, nothing. Let’s take a look at what these two incredible athletes are doing that the rest of us can learn from: 

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Giro d'Italia Stage 12

23. May 2014 - 2 years, 7 months and 26 days ago

The Giro d'Italia's first Individual Time Trial was Stage 12, a 41.9km course from Barbaresco to Barolo through the famous winemaking region in northern Italy. The route featured challenges for every type of rider; climbing, flat sections, straight aways, and tight corners and combined with the stormy wet weather conditions it was a true test of power and skills. Going into the stage, Cannondale Team Captain, Ivan Basso, was ranked 10th overall in the GC and a top finishing time could likely move him up significantly.   

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Tour of California Stage 5

17. May 2014 - 2 years, 8 months and 1 day ago

Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team broke away 25 kilometers from the finish Thursday at the Amgen Tour of California and held off the charging pack on the run-in to the oceanside finish in Santa Barbara to earn his third victory of the season. "This was a great ride by Taylor," remarked Bobby Julich. "You could see from the salt stains on his jersey that it was another taxing day on the riders and he saw his opportunity to go for the stage and took it.  Obvioulsy, Cannondale wasn't messing around up San Marcos Pass in their attempt to drop the sprinters, but he absorbed that effort very well.  The descent favoured a bigger guy like Taylor, but he really had to fight during the run in to Santa Barbara.  Each one of those rollers could have been the end of his breakaway attempt, but he powered over them and kept his speed and cadence very high.  Averaging over 400w, 105 rpm and over 50kph at the end of a stage like that was world class.  Very few riders could have pulled that off, but Taylor seems to be making it his signature move in road races.  I liked the way that once he committed to the effort, he never looked back until he was preparing his victory salute.... which was, in my opinion, also world class!" 

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