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Tour de France 2015

31. July 2015 - 4 days ago

SRM supported 11 teams in the 102nd Tour de France. Over three weeks, 21 stages, and 3,360 kilometers SRM provided material support, shared behind the scenes photos, posted exclusive data analysis, and gave the PC8 its first real "Vive le Tour" experience! Here's a look at the 2015 highlights and insights from SRM: 

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Tour de France 2015 - Stage 18

24. July 2015 - 11 days ago

Stage 18 covered 1865 KM and included seven categorized climbs, included the Hors Categorie Col du Glandon and the shoelace like Lacets de Montvernier. This is the highest number of climbs in any one stage of this year’s Tour. 

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Tour de France 2015 - Stage 17

22. July 2015 - 12 days ago

Over a distance of 161KM and with five categorized climbs, the 17th stage of the Tour de France is no easy day in the saddle. Today we have the opportunity to look at the file of Thibaut Pinot (Francaise de Jeux), who finished fourth on the stage. To earn this result, Pinot averaged 291w for over four hours and twenty two minutes of racing (an average of 4.61w/kg based on a weight of 63kg).  This is an exceptional power output for such a long period of time. 

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2015 Tour de France - Stage 16

21. July 2015 - 13 days ago

Stage 16 was one of this year’s longest at 201KM, finishing in Gap. The stage had significant cumulative altitude gain, which allowed a breakaway of riders who were not threats to the general classification gain a large lead. Among them was Trek Factory Racing rider Markel Irizar (Spain). The 72.5kg, 180cm tall rider infiltrated the escape, which swelled to 24 riders in size, early in the stage.  This stage preceded the second rest day of the Tour and thus was sure to be fiercely contested. Peter Sagan was seeking an elusive stage win and single handedly chased any rider who attempted to separate from the break, which meant the pace was consistently high all day. With only two categorized climbs (the Col de Cabre and the Col de Manse, both category two ascents), initially the profile looks relatively benign. However, the cumulative altitude gain for the day is nearly 3000 meters, as the day began in Bourg de Péage at 157m and finished in Gap at 745m. The course also includes the infamous descent off the Col de Manse that ended the racing career of Joseba Beloki at the 2009 Tour with a crash. 

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2015 Tour de France - Stage 13

21. July 2015 - 13 days ago

The analysis of Stage 13 (Muret to Rodez – 199km/2000m) was kindly provided to SRM by David Bailey, Ph.D., Sports Scientist and Performance Coach with the BMC Racing Team. The team had identified Stage 13 as a target for Greg, along with Stage 4 and 8 from the first week in Northern France. The team’s first objective is always to protect and support Tejay but Greg’s inclusion in the team was based on his ability to go for stage wins that suited his physiological attributes. Specifically, stages that require explosive sustained power similar to the one day classic where Greg has performed consistently well in the past.    

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