Huge 1 minute peak Watts by Dan Martin after 186km of hard racing

Posted on: October 5th, 2017

Dan Martin 1 minute peak Watts Milano-Torino

It’s interesting to compare Dan Martin’s Watts on the final climb to the finish with Adam Yates and Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal; the 20-year-old Colombian sensation.


Dan Martin 1 minute peak Watts Milano-Torino finale


Dan Martin would take 11th place in Milano-Torino today. His power output at the very end of the race was huge.

That was despite the fact he was distanced and had to fight back.

The QuickStep rider found the going tough on the second passage of the 4.9km Superga climb to the finish.

In averages 9.1 per cent, with Martin losing contact with the group as it split. He kept his shape and got back in there; just missing out on the top 10.

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) had attacked a six-man escape to win solo. But he was pressed hard all the way by eventual runner-up Adam Yates.

The Orica-Scott man attacked out of the favourites group. He caught those Uran had been with and left them for dead.

Yates was just over 20 seconds down with 1km to go. But he gained all the way on Uran. As a result the gap was just 10 seconds at the finish.

Martin’s team mate Julian Alaphilippe, who weighs 62kg, had attacked first time up the Superga.

His average power for 1:55 was 408 Watts. And his 30 second peak while attacking on the hill was 471 Watts.

The Frenchman would eventually be caught. That left a fight to the finish between the main contenders.


Dan Martin 1 minute peak Watts Milano-Torino


On the opening 1.5km of the second passage of the Superga, 58kg Yates had an average power of 398 Watts for 4:02.

And he had a 1 minute peak of 447 Watts.

Egan Bernal, the 20-year-old Colombian who won the Tour de l’Avenir and two mountain stages in August was riding for Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia today.

And when Fabio Aru (Astana) attacked in the wake of Uran and Yates on the middle section of the final climb, Bernal went after him.

On the middle section of the climb while attacking, 60kg Bernal averaged 420 Watts for 4:32. And he had a one minute peak of 512 Watts; though he would fade to 16th place.

A little further up the climb, and at the very end of the race, 62kg Dan Martin was fighting hard.

For that final 1.9km, and having been dropped for a period, he averaged 415 Watts for 4:15. And his one minute peak – at the very end of a 186km race with a hilly finale – was 555 Watts.


Dan Martin reacts

“It was a lot better than I expected,” Dan Martin said afterwards. “It hurt a lot, but hopefully it will open up the legs for Saturday.”

Martin said Alaphilippe’s attack was not pre-planned. Instead, he saw the opportunity and went for it.


Dan Martin 1 minute peak Watts Milano-Torino


“The group had got down really small by that point,” he explained. “And then Astana and Team Sky chased it back.”

Furthermore, he was hopeful the race had been a good work out for the QuickStep team ahead of Saturday’s Il Lombardia.

“We all needed today to get the legs going again, and we all had a good day,” the Irish rider said.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted. But a lot of the guys in front of us already raced last weekend. So they’d got their legs going.”


Dan Martin on end of season mood

Martin said the start of the race today was relatively calm for him.

“There are a lot of tired bodies out there, us included. So it leads to a strange atmosphere.

“It’s a very different atmosphere to a race at the start of the year. You’ve got to stay strong in the head.

“I was the first guy dropped from the front group,” he said of the final climb. “But I kept my head, kept focused.

“(I) kept plugging away and ended up nearly making the top 10; finished at my own pace.

“I just didn’t have the legs to follow the accelerations (and) ended up just grinding out.”


Dan Martin 1 minute peak Watts Milano-Torino

Dan Martin looks shattered at the end of today’s race