2012 AMGEN Tour of California Power Analysis
Stage 1 – Santa Rosa – 192.4km
Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California was won by Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), but Orica-GreenEDGE may have been the most powerful team within the closing kilometers. The team’s sprinter, Aussie Leigh Howard, finished just off the podium in fourth place after his teammates did the majority of the lead-out into downtown Santa Rosa.
Stage 2 – San Francisco to Santa Cruz County – 188.5km
The second stage of the Amgen Tour of California finished in another small field sprint won by Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale). Team Orica-GreenEdge’s sprinter, Leigh Howard, finished 4th in the first stage and one spot higher in 3rd place on stage 2. Howard’s teammate, Luke Durbridge, is assigned to Howard as a key help-lead man within the final kilometer each day.
Even though stage 2 ended in a sprint the riders who made the front group had to survive two long climbs in the final 50 miles of this 117 mile race. Durbridge explains how his day went, “Two solid climbs towards the end. Leigh and I got tailed off towards the top but got back on the decent. Then I helped in the final. Leigh was 3rd.”
Stage 2 Highlights
- Distance: 13km
- Time: 33 minutes
- Average Watts: 343 W
- Normalized Power: 390
- Training Stress Score: 46 TSS
- Watts/kg: 4.43 W/kg
- Grade: 5.7%
Entering the Empire Grade climb it looked as if we were going to see our first big attacks of the Tour take place but for whatever reason the peloton more or less went up this 13km climb at a tempo pace. We can see that Durbridge averaged 345 W on this climb which is well within a comfortable range for him.
Bear Creek Rd
- Distance: 7.3 km
- Time: 18 minutes
- Average Watts: 378 W
- Normalized Power: 392
- Training Stress Score: 26 TSS
- Watts/kg: 4.8 w/kg
- Grade: 5.9%
Bear Creek was raced at a faster pace and Durbrige held an average of 378 W. He actually came off along with Leigh Howard but the two were able to chase back on and focus on the final sprint.
Finish Sprint Lead Out for Leigh Howard
- Time: 37 seconds
- Speed: 47kph
- Average Watts: 529 W
- Max Watts: 1095 W
Durbridge did his job as expected and did a nice lead-out for Howard as the front group raced for the final former. His big effort was 37 seconds long and averaged 529 watts. Howard placed third behind Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) and the winner Peter Sagan (liquigas-Cannondale).
Stage 3 – San Jose to Livermore – 185.5km
After three bunch sprint finishes, UnitedHealthcare’s Marc De Maar is sitting in sixth place overall at the Amgen Tour of Calfornia, just 27 seconds behind the race leader, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).
Stage 4 – Sonora to Clovis – 209.6km
At 130 miles, Stage 4 was the longest stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. The stage finished in a similar fashion to the previous three stages with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) claiming his fourth-straight victory.
Stage 5 – Bakerfield – Individual TT – 29.6km
No rider data was available for Stage 5.
Stage 6 – Palmdale to Big Bear Lake – 186.3km
Stage 7 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy – 126km
Team UHC riders Rory Sutherland and Philip Deignan fought all the way up the above category (HC) climb at Mt. Baldy Ski Area to finish 17th and 18th.
Stage 8 – Beverly Hills to Los Angeles – 71.9km
No rider data was available for Stage 8.