Data: McGlinchey’s 14-minute effort to make Yorkshire breakaway

Posted on: May 4th, 2019
Chris McGlinchey rode on his own for just over 13 minutes as he gained the gap that took him into the breakaway at the Tour de Yorkshire stage 2 yesterday (Photo: Shea Gribbon)

During yesterday’s stage 2 at the Tour de Yorkshire, Chris McGlinchey rode in the breakaway for most of the stage, only being caught with 3.8km to go.

Even when he and Tom Stewart (Canyon DHB), the last survivors from the breakaway, were almost caught with 9km to go, they went again when joined by three riders from the bunch.

However, they were finally caught after spending the vast majority of the 132km Tour de Yorkshire stage 2 from Barnsley to Bedale up the road.

Fabien Grellier (Total Direct Energie) got clear not long after the start. He was the first of the eventual day-long breakaway to get clear.

McGlinchey had followed a few moves right from the start and after Grellier went clear the Irishman went after him solo.

He got a gap on the peloton and once he realised that he went for it; riding for 13:22, or 9.44km, at 5.551W/kg to establish his gap.

Data for Chris McGlinchey riding on his ow before a group formed with him in it

His normalized power was 441 watts and his average power was 408 watts with a maximum of 1,972 watts.

McGlinchey’s average heart rate during his ride to initially get clear was 166bpm and his maximum was 176bpm.

During that period of just over 13 minutes, his average speed was 42.4kmph and at one point he hit 70.1kmph.

He was caught by Tom Stewart (Canyon DHB) and Jake Scott (Swiftcarbon) with 120km still to race. Together they got across to Grellier.

About 15-20km later those four were joined by Rob Scott and James Fouché, both of Team Wiggins.

“I put a few hard efforts in to get in moves and then I just rolled off the front and put the head down when I realised I had a gap,” Chris McGlinchey told stickybottle.

“I felt great in the break. We were all working well together so it was a steady enough pace all day.”

McGlinchey, in the red of Vitus, sits behind Fouche as they work up the road

However, while the gap at one point got to about two minutes it was half that or less for a long period, making for a tough day for the breakaway men.

McGlinchey also said that meant he never really felt they would stay away, especially after a breakaway scuppered the sprinters on the opening stage.

“When the three riders came across with about 9km to go I thought we may have had a slim chance,” he said of being joined by three men from the bunch when it was just he and Scott leading.

“It was a mega day out with those crowds. It’s a big step up, for sure, when you’re lining up against the likes of Van Avermaet, Froome.

“But I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed and enjoyed is just the buzz from the crowds. It was an incredible experience out there today,” he added of being in the breakaway.

“The conditions on stage 1 were biblical yet there were still thousands of fans lining the streets cheering everyone on.”