Power Analysis: Larry Warbasse’s Stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana


During stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana, Team IAM Cycling’s Larry Warbasse bridged a gap to make it into the early breakaway. After making the small group of ten riders, Warbasse worked for over 5 hours to contribute to the group and climb the three categorized climbs to the finish. Here is a look at his power over the stage and what it took to take 8th on the day.


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  • Just 8km into the stage, Warbasse began his Peak 20 Minute Power of 401 watts, or 6.03w/kg in order to make it into the early breakaway.
  • Working with the break, Warbasse had a Normalized Power® of 265 watts at 33.9km/h for nearly four hours before coming to the final major climbs of the day.
  • During the ascents of the Category 2 Alto del Cordal and the Category 1 Alto de la Cobertoria he set his Peak One Hour Power of 305 watts, or 4.59w/kg while averaging 21.7km/h.
  • After a small period of recovery while descending, Warbasse had to climb the HC Alto Ermita de Alba, which is 6.8km in length at 11.1% average gradient. Finishing strong, he set his Peak 30 Minute Power of 359 watts, or 5.40w/kg.
  • Over the full 185km stage, Warbasse had a Normalized Power of 300 watts, averaged 86rpm at 30.4km/h, and burned 5447 calories on his way to finishing eighth on the stage.