Salvatore Puccio Giro data

We take a closer look at young Italian's data

Last Updated: 30/05/13 1:53pm

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Salvatore Puccio had a memorable Grand Tour debut

Salvatore Puccio had a memorable Grand Tour debut

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Salvatore Puccio is a young Italian in his second season with Team Sky and the recent Giro d’Italia started off magnificently for the Grand Tour débutante as he found himself wearing the maglia rosa on just the second day. It wasn’t Puccio’s goal to wear the pink leader’s jersey, but his strong team time trial finish on stage two, coupled with being the first Team Sky rider on the first stage earned this Sicilian a well deserved souvenir.

Puccio, 23, weighs 68kg and finished the Giro d’Italia this past weekend in 73rd place 2hrs and 15 minutes behind the winner, Vincenzo Nibali of Team Astana. His goal was not to maintain a top position but rather to play a much needed support role to his Team Sky leaders. The team’s focus moved from Sir Bradley Wiggins to Rigoberto Urán when it was evident that Wiggins was suffering from a chest infection and eventually abandoned the Giro on stage 13.

Here’s a colledction of some of the interesting data we found after taking a look at Puccio’s SRM files within his TrainingPeaks account.

Stage 8: Gabicce Mare - Saltara (ITT), 54.8km

TrainingPeaks File:

1. Alex Dowsett (GBR) Movistar 1:16:27
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky +10"
3. Tanel Kangert (EST) Astana +14"
68. Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky +5:20

Puccio finished this gruelling 54km time trial in 81 minutes, 5:20 behind the winner Alex Dowsett. Puccio didn’t go as hard as he could have since his objective was to simply finish today within the time limit and save some energy for the remaining road stages. Knowing that he didn’t go 100% just shows how fast the pro riders race. Puccio’s 95% race effort today translated to 4.8 w/kg, which is barely achievable for only a few minutes by most recreational riders, let alone for 81 minutes.

Stage 11: Tarvisio - Vajont (Erto e Casso), 182km

TrainingPeaks File:

1. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU) Garmin-Sharp 4:23:14
2. Daniel Oss (ITA) BMC Racing +1:08
3. Stefano Pirazzi (ITA) Bardiani Valvole-CSF +2:59
4. Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky +3:07

A group of 20, including Puccio, escaped early and built up a lead of more than four minutes. We can see within Puccio’s TrainingPeaks file that the hardest six minutes of today’s stage were within the first 15 minutes as the breakaway group rode away from the main peloton. Puccio averaged 436w for six minutes and it was one of the hardest efforts Puccio had to make in the entire Giro.

Puccio finished fourth on the stage, 3:07 behind Ramunas Navardauskas of Team Garmin-Sharp. On the final climb, the second category Erto e Casso, Puccio averaged 407w (5.7w/kg) for 15 minutes on the 5% average grade. But this was not a steady 407w effort. By looking at the final climb we can see he had 15 short efforts, which peaked at more than 700w, including the last 30 seconds where he averaged 980w. These short bursts translated into a normalized power of 418w, which is the power needed if he were to have ridden at a steady consistent output.

Stage 13: Busseto - Cherasco, 254km

TrainingPeaks File:

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Omega Pharna-Quick Step 6:09:55
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) RadioShack-Leopard
3. Luka Mezgec (SLO) Team Argos-Shimano
31. Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky

Who says sprint days are easy? Stage 13 was one of the biggest days of the Giro, even though it ended in a bunch kick won by Mark Cavendish. Puccio finished in the same time as Cavendish in 31st place. The stage took a little more than six hours to complete and 4900kj.

Stage 15: Cesana Torinese - Col du Galibier 149km

TrainingPeaks File:

1. Giovanni Visconti (ITA) Movistar 4:40:48
2. Carlos Betancur (COL) AG2R-La Mondiale +42"
3. Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL) Lampre-Merida
67. Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky +11:02

Stage 15 saw Puccio set one of his highest 20-minute peak power values of the Giro at 380w, or 5.3 w/kg. You can see this section of the race when the riders entered the base of the Col du Telegraphe in the final 90 minutes of the stage. Puccio helped position Rigoberto Urán on the second category Col du Telegraphe then he backed off once he lost contact with Urán’s group and finished the Col du Galibier in 47 minutes at an average of 294w (4.1 w/kg).

Here’s a comparison of the three main climbs of the day for a total of 12,168ft of vertical gain on the stage:

Col Du Mont Cenis: 84 minutes, 278w (3.9w/kg)
Col du Telegraphe: 34 minutes, 370w (5.2 w/kg)
Col du Galibier: 47 minutes, 294w (4.1 w/kg)

Rest day

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what kind of ride the pros do on a rest day in a Grand Tour? Well look no further. The secret is out. Check out Puccio’s rest day ride file here:

Puccio rode for a total of 98 minutes with a one-hour break in the middle. We can only assume there was a good café mid-way giving this workout a proper “coffee shop ride” description.

There were two climbs on today’s rest day ride of approximately 30 minutes each where Puccio averaged 216w and 195w respectively. That’s a more humane pace at “only” 3.0 watts per kilogram.

There you have it. Those are some of the insights into what it takes to do just a few of the Giro stages in a support role for Team Sky. Think you can do the same, or maybe just the rest day?

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