Stage 1 recap…

July 5, 2008 at 8:10 am 2 comments

Alejandro Valverde is your yellow jersey holder after stage 1.  This is the first time since 1978 that there has been no prologue so that the winner of the first day of racing holds the yellow.  

What a great race.  It came down to the last .5 kilometers after the peloton roped in the breakaway within the last 10KM and was an impressive display of power by all riders.  These riders were coming home at over 40 miles an hour!  WOW!  They flashed in on the power profile of one rider and he was holding at 770 watts…at the end of a 120 mile stage!  Absolutely unbelievable.  I can’t even fathom being able to put out that much power for an extended period of time, let alone at the end of a 120 mile day.  

Valverde came out of nowhere within the last few seconds of the race to pass up another breakaway rider to take the yellow.  At least the other riders can’t claim they didn’t see him coming: his bike is painted bright orange and yellow and looks like it’s more suited for a Carnival than the tour.

If today’s stage is any indication of the racing to come, it’s going to be a great tour!

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  • 1. injera  |  July 5, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Fabulous stage. I’m glad Cadel Evans doesn’t have the burden of yellow to carry this early on! Valverde rode a good race and it bodes well for the next three weeks – I’m sure it will be a gripping contest… 770 watts – unbelievable. Paul and Phil were talking about a rider pushing out 35 watts earlier in the stage (at a 56 cadence – don’t know who it was but he was clearly not having a great start).

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  • 2. whynottri  |  July 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Yeah, it was definitely a great race. I saw that rider at 35 watts. He was in the peloton at the time and they were on a bit of a downhill so I’m pretty sure he was just coasting and their sensors picked him up at a time when he wasn’t really pedaling. There’s no way he’d be anywhere close if this wasn’t the case. Should be a great tour though!

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