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Performances at the Tour 2009
By: Michele Ferrari
Published: 19 Jul 2009

On the ascent to Verbier (638m of difference in height at 7.5%) Alberto Contador (62kg) climbed at 1852 m/h, equal to 6.73 w/kg, developing an average of 417w.

Lance Armstrong (72 kg) climbed at 1720 m/h, equal to 6.25 w/kg, developing 450w.

The difference between their VAM's is 7.4% in favor of Alberto, while Lance, whose body weight is 16% heavier, pushed 8% more watts: a suggestion that in the upcoming time trial in Annecy it could be a very close and uncertain duel.

In Arcalis (751m of ascent at 7.1%) Contador climbed at 1671 m/h, equal to 6.18 w/kg, with Armstrong and all the other best riders at 1649 m/h (6.10 w/kg); but in the last couple of km Alberto had already showed a power that was 7.2% superior to his rivals'.

More Race Comments:
Giro dell' Emilia 9 Oct 2009
World Champs 09 - Time Trial 24 Sep 2009
Vuelta a Espana 2009 21 Sep 2009
Tour de France '09 - Epilogue 27 Jul 2009
Performances at the Tour 2009 19 Jul 2009
Last VAM's before the Tour 19 Jun 2009
Giro d' Italia 2009 - The TT 22 May 2009
Giro d' Italia 2009 - Part 1 18 May 2009
Paris-Nice 2009 15 Mar 2009

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