Stage 17 in the Tour de France was a 32km Individual Time Trial set in the Alps. The start was on the shores of Lake Serre-Ponçon in Embrun featuring two long climbs with a challenging technical descent into Chorges.
The stage winner, Christopher Froome, of Team Sky, completed the course in 51:33, followed by Alberto Contador nine seconds back.
RadioShack Leopard's top finisher for today was Maxime Monfort in 12th followed by Andy Schleck, 15th. Maxime's SRM race file below illustrates the unique demands of a mountain TT and the superior level of fitness Pro Tour riders must achieve to finish the Tour de France.
Maxime, weighing approximately 67kg, completed the 32km TT with 348 average watts with an average cadence of 85rpm. His average speed was 35kph and after climbing 837 meters he burned nearly 1,000 kilocalories.
“I knew the top of the second climb was not really the top and that it was still 3k a bit uphill, so I saved my energy for those five minutes. That was the key point of the race," Maxime comments. "This was a course that suited me. It’s a pity that the first downhill was wet. I didn’t change my bike like some riders did. We have our Trek engineer here who calculated it would not give me a gain. I feel good for the upcoming hard days.”
Maxime exceeded 730 watts as he powered out of the starting ramp. He reached the first summit in 16 minutes averaging 400 watts. His average cadence uphill was 91rpm at an average speed of 24kph.
In the final descent to the finish Monfort was able to push over 263 average watts. His cadence average was 80rpm and the average speed was nearly 67kph. In the descent Maxime reached over 84kph and delivered a peak power of 778 watts in the last push to the finish.
|AVG Power||347.6 watts|
|AVG Heart rate||not available|
|AVG Speed||34.92 kph|
|AVG Cadence||85.0 rpm|
|ALT Gain||837 meters|