Data Shorts: Sam Bennett in UAE, sprint finish power numbers

Posted on: February 25th, 2019

UAE Tour power data

Fernando Gaviria and Elia Viviani went head to head in the sprint today, with the Colombian getting the verdict at his sponsor’s home tour in UAE; the numbers are in for the power generated in the sprint.


Fernando Gaviria may have hit the front into the headwind in the sprint to the line at UAE Tour stage 2, but the man coming off his wheel still couldn’t beat him.

Gaviria (Team UAE Emirates) put out up to 1,400 watts in the final dash to the line.

Viviani’s output was lower and only surges as he moves out of Gaviria’s wheel and into the wind. But the Colombian had the staying power to keep his effort going. And he just about held off the Italian champion.

Their data was being tracked today by Velon, which has put together the short clip below showing their output in the sprint run off at over 60km per hour.

For the final 20 seconds, Gaviria’s average speed was 66.2km per hour while Viviani did 65.7kmph.

Their average power output was 1,060 watts for the stage winner on the day to 850 for the runner-up.

And Gaviria’s maximum power was 1,420 compared to 1,240 for his sprint rival. Gaviria is listed as 71kgs while Viviani is 67kg.

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) came out with 6th place; finding himself on the wrong wheel in the shape of Marcel Kittel’s.

And when the Katusha-Alpecin sprint failed to fire on all cylinders, Bennett’s hopes were gone. He had earlier become detached from his lead out man Eric Baska in what was a messy sprint.

While no information was available for Bennett’s power in the sprint, he was being tracked in Sunday’s opening TTT.

Bennett put out average power of 455 watts for the final 2.5km of the stage; coming at the end of an all-out 16km effort; just below 56km per hour.


Victory sprint in Watts