Eddie Dunbar’s power numbers for Amstel Gold breakaway ride

Posted on: April 17th, 2018

Eddie Dunbar Amstel Gold power

Irish rider Eddie Dunbar leading the breakaway up a climb at Amstel Gold. His power numbers while getting clear and then staying away are very impressive.

 

Eddie Dunbar power data for Amstel Gold breakaway ride

 

After a couple of solid early season races under his belt, TrainSharp-coached Eddie Dunbar (Aqua Blue Sport) had an impressive performance at the Amstel Gold Race.

In his first year as a pro, Eddie made it into the break of the day which was only caught in the closing stages of the race.

Although we had been building towards this race, it was Eddie’s longest race to-date. Furthermore, it was his first WorldTour ‘classic’ race.

Those features make his achievements in Amstel Gold more impressive.

The event for Eddie was 6hrs 43mins. We’ll outline some date in this piece and you can find more in the graphics below.

Eddie, who found the race a “positive and brilliant” experience, decided to take the classic head-on. He made his break from the go.

To establish that breakaway, Eddie’s initial attack generated a peak power of 825 W and an average power of 556 W.

Eddie wanted to “ensure that the break wouldn’t be brought back” and so he “pressed on”. That was power with a sustained 6-minute effort to establish the gap.

During this time, Eddie’s power averaged 370W or 6.5 W/kg.

Throughout the whole race, Eddie’s average power was 247 W or 4.3 W/kg. And his normalised power over the same period was 274 W.

By the time Eddie had reached the final 50 km, the lead had been reduced to less than four minutes.

However, he still managed one final effort which left some of the other riders in the breakaway struggling to keep up with him.

The breakaway was finally caught as they approached the Cauberg for the third time with about 17 km to go.

Although Eddie was caught on the climb and slipped back from the group he still managed to hang on to finish with the bunch.

In the end he was just 3:26 behind the race winner, Michael Valgren (Astana); a great ride.

If you are interested in receiving coaching from TrainSharp please contact Paul on info@trainsharp.co.uk

You can click on the images below for bigger, easier to read, versions…

Eddie Dunbar Amstel Gold power

Above, the initial breakaway effort.

Eddie Dunbar Amstel Gold power

Above, full race power trace.

 

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