giovedì 24 settembre 2015

Men Elite ITT Richmond WC: pacing analysis

The author of this article is Mattia Michelusi. Decisions concerning use of the work, such as distribution, access, updates, and any use restrictions belong to the author.

Articolo in italiano: Analisi cronometro Richmond 2015

Vasil Kiryienka won the world title in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He covered the 53,5km course in 1:02:29 ahead of Italy's Adriano Malori, who finished 9,08 seconds back to take the silver medal. France's Jerome Coppel finished 26,62 seconds back to take bronze medal.

Chart 1: pacing for the first ten riders

Here the first ten riders:

1 - KIRYIENKA Vasil BLR
2 - MALORI Adriano ITA
3 - COPPEL Jerome FRA
4 - CASTROVIEJO Jonathan ESP
5 - DUMOULIN Tom NED 
6 - DENNIS Rohan AUS
7 - MARTIN Tony GER 
8 - BODNAR Maciej POL
9 - BIALOBLOCKI Marcin POL
10 - MOSER Moreno ITA



On the chart you can see the race pacing during the 53,5 km course considering the average speed of the first 10 riders at the first, second, third checkpoint and at the finish line.

The average speed of Vasil Kiryienka was 51,37km/h, he was the fastest since the first checkpoint  but Adriano Malori was able to decrease the gap during the course.

Chart 2: average speed at every segment for the first ten riders

More interesting it's to analyze the average speed at every section for the first ten riders (chart on the left).

Vasil Kiryienka did the best time but he was the fastest just in the first section (from km 0 to km 16). Adriano Malori was the fastest in the second and third section (from km 16 to km 42,6).

In the last section (from km 46,2 to the finish) the polish Bialoblocki was the fastest but Adriano Malori kept decreasing his gap to Vasil Kiryienka.


The Italian rider Moreno Moser rode the last section at the same pace of the best rider, good second half race for him.

The favorite Tony Martin stared well (second time in the first section) but then he was not able to keep the right pacing. In an interview for cyclingnews.it he said: 

"From the start and in the first eight kilometres I felt okay and that I had the power but when I entered the tailwind section I quickly lost my rhythm. It was too fast for me and I couldn’t handle the RPM and I didn’t expect this. Then on the uphill sections I couldn’t find my rhythm and I lost morale. I couldn’t get it back and it wasn’t my day. For the second half of the race it was more of a mental problem than a physical one."

His worlds confirmed what we saw on the chart above: after the first section his pacing was always lower than the first riders.

The author of this article is Mattia Michelusi. Decisions concerning use of the work, such as distribution, access, updates, and any use restrictions belong to the author.

Dott. Mattia Michelusi
Email: mattia.michelusi@gmail.com
Web: www.coachmichelusi.blogspot.it 

Date: 24/09/15

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