a Lot of views, geliket and shared: the data of Mathieu van der Poel in the final of the Amstel Gold Race. The Dutchman made yesterday the Strava data of his feat to the public. At the same time also came his team to the outside with the figures that Van der Poel had down in the last 800 meters of the race. And that are truly impressive. Kristof De Kegel, performance coach at Corendon-Circus, and Erwin Koninckx, exercise physiologist with the Belgian cycling federation, to give some explanation.
“We are pretty sparing in the sharing of our data, but every two weeks, we let the data of one of our riders to see to the public,” says Kristof De Kegel. “That was all once the sprint Roy Jans or also once a kopbeurt of Gianni Vermeersch. Now we chose for the final of Mathieu in the river Amstel. Just because that is so exceptional and because people then look to get into what a pro in a classic performance. Many cyclists drive yourself today with a powermeter. That way they can have their data next to that of a prof put”
Fresher than the rest
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The data were in the case of Van der Poel not determined min. After a six-hour competition and a catching up of a few kilometers could muster, he finally, for 48 seconds, an average of 831 watts out of the legs. The Dutch national road champion made his sprint even a peak power of 1400 watts. Few are given after a long classic. “The data from the last eight minutes of the match are really impressive”, The Cone further. “Certainly in terms of wattages. That approach record values from the tests that we previously declined. Better is that the Sunday after a classic of almost zeseneenhalf hour. That means that at that moment he (unlike almost all the other riders, ed.) still fresh and edgy.”
A statement which is also Erwin Koninckx of the Belgian cycling federation, agrees. “That he's at the end of such a tough match still are best values from the whole course can drop, it means that at that moment he fresher than all the others. Van der Poel comes with more surplus to the finish line. Guys which is intrinsically faster to be broken if they are in a heavy classic with him to the meet drive.”
“and also add that Mathieu are topwaarden in the final kilometers dropped down in decreasing strips, where the wind in the advantage sat”, is The Cone in. “It is easier to have large values to put down on the inclined strips or with the wind on the head. That he just does on strips where it is difficult to high wattages, proves also that he his return in the final kilometer - in contrast to what the kwatongen claim - on their own endeavors.”