Power Analysis From Tour of the Basque Country


PowerAnalysisFromTourOfTheBasque1Euskaltel Euskadi, the oldest team in the professional peloton, has shared some power data from the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country). Check out the highlights and full files from Stages 1 through 5.

April 5, Stage 5: Eibar – Beasain 166km

The last road stage before the final stage time trial proved to be a long, hard, cold, and wet day in the saddle for the 73 riders that finished the stage. 73 other riders started the stage but abandoned the race due to the many climbs (10 categorized and several uncategorized) and the horrible weather conditions.


1st. Richie Porte (Aus) SKY Procycling 4:40:43

2nd. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:04

3rd. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling

42nd. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:02 (Featured Rider)

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Stage Summary:

  • 4:43:45 Official time
  • 262 Average Watts
  • 4 w/kg
  • 320 Normalized Power
  • 163 km
  • 33 kph
  • 4679 KJ
  • 82 Average Cadence
  • 145 bpm Average Heart Rate

One might think with such a daunting stage ahead that riders might have taken it easy at the start of the race, saving as much energy as possible for the long day ahead. This was hardly the case as Izagirre set his 20-minute Peak Power for the stage on the second climb of the day (there were 15 climbs in total and the entire stage was plagued with cold, rain, and even snow flurries).

20-minute Peak Power

  • 395 Average Watts
  • 6 w/kg
  • 398 Normalized Power
  • 7.2 km
  • 21.6 kph
  • 474 KJ
  • 81 Average Cadence
  • 166 bpm Average Heart Rate

The riders also did not hold back on the descents, still flying down the mountains at incredible speeds on the wet roads. Izagirre topped out at 85.6 kph (53.2 mph) and he averaged 81 kph (50.3 mph) during his fastest minute of the race, just 30 minutes into the stage on the first descent.

Stage 4: Trapagaran – Eibar (Arrate) 151km

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was not able to defend his 3 year reign on Thursday’s Stage 4 of the Vuelta al País Vasco. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the mountainous, rain-soaked stage – the Queen Stage of the six-day race.


1st. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 3:58:52

2nd. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) SKY Procycling 0:00:02

3rd. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff

<64th. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:12 (Featured Rider)

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Stage Summary:

  • 4:06:04 Official time
  • 248 Average Watts
  • 3.9 w/kg
  • 295 Normalized Power
  • 149 km
  • 35.6 kph
  • 3709 KJ
  • 88 Average Cadence
  • 138 bpm Average Heart Rate

Izagirre’s file shows that the race was hard from the gun and continued to be an aggressive day right up to the finish line. He set peak power values from 10-60 minutes in completely different parts of the race. The first hour of racing was the hardest 60 minutes for him, where he set his 60 min peak power off the gun. The 2nd KOM of the day (Alto de Karabieta) at about 80 kms into the race was where he achieved his

20-minute Peak Power. His 12-minute Peak power was set on the 3rd KOM, the Alto de Ixua. And lastly, the penultimate climb (Alto de Aistia or San Miguel) provided the hardest 10 minutes of the race.

60-minute Peak Power

  • 285 Average Watts
  • 4.5 w/kg
  • 318 Normalized Power
  • 48 km
  • 48 kph
  • 1025 KJ
  • 96 Average Cadence
  • 146 bpm Average Heart Rate

10-minute Peak Power

  • 356 Average Watts
  • 5.6 w/kg
  • 362 Normalized Power
  • 4.6 km
  • 28 kph
  • 214 KJ
  • 92 Average Cadence
  • 162 bpm Average Heart Rate

April 3 Stage 3: Vitoria (Gasteiz) – Trapagaran 164km

Today we look at the race data from Egoi Martinez, an experienced veteran entering his 12th season as a professional and a talented climber who will be key in helping team captain Samuel Sanchez in the mountains.

The Tour headed into the mountains after two relatively flat stages, revealing who is really racing for the top overall GC. Three categorized climbs and a very steep finishing climb (Alto de la Lejana) topping out at 21% all in the last 40 km of the stage created some dangerous time gaps. Henao (Team Sky) took the win in a dramatic finish over Bentacur with a bike throw at the line.

Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) was on the attack for the third day in a row and again forced the early breakaway. He was joined by teammate Omar Fraile, Mikel Landa (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Daniel Navarro (Cofidis). The four man break gained a maximum of about five minutes on the peloton, staying away for 116km before being reeled in with just 10 km to go.

With Landa in the break, Euskatel-Euskadi could sit in the peloton and protect team leader Samuel Sanchez, leaving it up to the teams missing from the break to give chase. Martinez did the bulk of his work in the second half of the race, setting all of his peak power values from 2 seconds though 3 hours. This is not surprising as the second half of the stage was where the road really turned up and he could best help team leader Sanchez on the climbs. On the Alto de la Reinata, a 6.2-km climb averaging 5.6%, Martinez set his peak 12 minute power for the day, averaging 412 watts with an average heart rate of 185 bpm.


1st. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 3:54:22

2nd. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale

3rd. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 0:00:05

79th. Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:25 (Featured Rider)

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12-minute Peak Power

  • 412 Average Watts
  • 5.8 w/kg
  • 415 Normalized Power
  • 27.2 kph
  • 5.4 km
  • 296 KJ
  • 84 Average Cadence
  • 185 bpm Average Heart Rate

Stage 2: Elgoibar – Vitoria (Gasteiz) 170km


1st. Daryl Impey (RSA) ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:23:31

2nd. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana ProTeam

3rd. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha

129th. Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 0:00:40 (Featured Rider)

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Stage 2 was predicted to be a day for the sprinters and played out just that way with Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEdge) taking the win and giving ORICA-GreenEDGE its second win in 2 days. Although there were 5 KOMs on the stage, they were not long or hard enough to allow a break to succeed.

The plan for Euskaltel-Euskadi was to keep team leader and defending champion, Samuel Sanchez protected and safe in the lead bunch. The team executed the plan perfectly and Sanchez is in a good position going into the steep climbs that the tour is known for.

The race was aggressive and action packed, particularly on the last two climbs, where a few riders were still trying to beat the sprinters to the line. Here, Sicard set his peak 30-minute power for the stage as the main bunch chased down every move, and it was gruppo compacto heading into to final 5 kilometers.

Stage Summary:

(No speed or distance data- most likely to due to wheel change/flat early in stage)

  • 4:24:11 Official Time
  • 219 Average Watts
  • 3.5 w/kg
  • 271 Normalized Power*
  • 170 km
  • 3400 KJ
  • 87 Average Cadence
  • 131 bpm Average Heart Rate

Sicard’s 30-minute Peak Power, set on the last two climbs of the stage:

  • 313 Average Watts
  • 5.1 w/kg
  • 345 Normalized Power*
  • 562 KJ
  • 89 Average Cadence
  • 157 bpm Average Heart Rate

Stage 1: April 1, Elgoibar 156km


1st. Simon Gerrans (Aus) ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:06:33

2nd. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

3rd. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha

24th. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 0:00:05 (Featured Rider)

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The critical moment in Stage 1 was a crash at the top of the last summit (Alto de San Miguel), which split the field. Our featured rider Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was part of the frantically chasing second group, led by teammate and last year’s race winner, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) closing down with all but 5 seconds on the lead group at the finish.

Stage Summary:

  • 4:06:38 Official Time
  • 228 Average Watts
  • 3.5 w/kg
  • 292 Normalized Power*
  • 158 km
  • 36.3 kph
  • 3578 KJ
  • 88 Average Cadence
  • 145 bpm Average Heart Rate

Stage 1 included 6 KOMS, marked within Izagirre’s file:

  • Alto de Asensio, 2nd category 530 meters, 4.37%
  • Alto de Itziar, 3rd category 225 meters, 4.4%
  • Alto de Endoia, 2nd cat, 380 meters 9.6%
  • Alto de Azurki, 1st cat, 680 meters, 7.8%
  • Alto de Kalbario, 3rd cat, 233 meters, 5.%

San Miguel Descent (Bajada San Miguel):

  • 5.1 km, -258 meters Elevation Loss,
  • 5:20 Time
  • 228 Average Watts
  • 3.5 w/kg
  • 273 Normalized Power*
  • 57.7 kph (73.1 kph max speed)
  • 87 Average Cadence
  • 164 bpm Average Heart Rate

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