Bernhard Eisel - Giro analysis

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By Dirk Friel.   Last Updated: 23/05/12 1:58pm

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Eisel drops back to the team car on stage 13

Eisel drops back to the team car on stage 13

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May 19/20, Stages 15/14:
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May 18, Stage 13: Savona - Cervere 121km
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Mark Cavendish proved to the world once again why he is the best sprinter with his third stage victory in this year’s Giro. At times, within just a few hundred meters of the finish, it looked like Cavendish was boxed in and had nowhere to go, but he rose to the occasion, let things develop (he even coasted) then unleashed his world class sprint when he saw an opening.

Make sure you take a look at this file from Bernhard Eisel since it shows a perfect lead-out effort with about 1.5km to go. Eisel’s final effort was incredible when he hit the front for 34 seconds and averaged 697 watts. He maxed out at 1232 watts and his max speed was 64 kph!

Team Coach Rod Ellingworth gave praise to Eisel by stating: "His role was to guide the team and for sure Cavendish along the road. He helps call the shots with the Sports Director. Bernie is one of the best in the world at positioning the team on the road when they are all lined out behind him."

Results:
1. Mark Cavendish, Team Sky 3:02:07
2. Alexander Kristoff, Katusha
3. Mark Renshaw, Rabobank

152. Bernard Eisel, Team Sky 0:00:56

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
Training Stress Score: 188 TSS
Energy: 2925 KJ
Average Heart Rate: 124 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 175 bpm
Average Cadence: 82 rpm
Max Cadence: 130 rpm
Average Watts: 267 W
Normalized Power: 327
Max Watts: 1232 W (In the final lead out for Cavendish)
Peak 1-minutes: 584 W
Peak 6-minutes: 449 W
Peak 20-minutes: 377 W (final 20’ of the stage)

May 17, Stage 12: Seravezza - Sestri Levante 157km
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Team Sky’s Performance Coach reveals the team’s tactics leading into stage 12, Rod Ellingworth saying: “The stage win was decided by a breakaway which always looked like being a possibility. Ahead of the stage we had discussed placing Juan Antonio Flecha up the road, but on the morning of the race we weighed up the possibilities and opted to keep him in the bunch. The reasoning behind this reflected our key objective for the day which was to keep both Rigoberto and Sergio out of trouble, specifically over the final third category climb at Villa Tassani.”

Results:
1. Lars Bak, Lotto-Belisol 3:58:55
2. Sandy Casar, FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:11
3. Andrey Amador, Bakkazakova Movistar
157. Bernard Eisel, Team Sky 20:21

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
Training Stress Score: 292 TSS
Energy: 4445 KJ
Average Heart Rate: 129 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 158 bpm
Average Cadence: 83 rpm
Average Watts: 283 W
Normalized Power: 340
Max Watts: 1207 W
Peak 1-minutes: 588 W
Peak 6-minutes: 443 W
Peak 20-minutes: 380 W

You might think given three categorized climbs on this stage that Eisel would set his peak 30-minute power value on the second category two climb, which took 27 minutes to climb. In fact Eisel’s maximum 30-minute output occurred within the first hour of racing. His peak 30-minute power was 371 w and he had a normalized power reading of 405. Of the three climbs, Eisel averaged the highest watts on the first category 3 at 358 W for 29 minutes.

Ellingworth also noted Eisel’s progression throughout this year’s Giro: “Bernie came here a little short after a break after the classics but each day he is getting better.”May 16, Stage 11: Assisi - Montecatini Terme 243km
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Results:
1. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 6:49:05
2. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
3. Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling Team
105. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:00:49

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
Distance: 255 km
Training Stress Score: 338 TSS
Energy: 5567 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 113 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 173 bpm
Average Cadence: 81 rpm
Elev Gain: 1625 m

Peak Power Values
Average Watts: 228 W
Max Watts: 1206 W
Normalized Power: 293 W
Peak 5-seconds: 1067 W
Peak 1-minute: 550 W
Peak 6-minutes: 492 W
Peak 20-minutes: 411 W
Peak 180-minutes: 258 W

May 15, Stage 10: Civitavecchia - Assisi 187km
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Results:
1. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 4:25:05
2. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp 0:00:02
3. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
135. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:05:53

Stage Summary by the Numbers:Training Stress Score: 276.5 TSS
Energy: 4312 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 123 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 166 bpm
Average Cadence: 84 rpm
Elev Gain: 1958 m

Peak Power Values
Average Watts: 265 W
Max Watts: 1260 W
Normalized Power: 325 W
Peak 5-seconds: 980 W
Peak 1-minute: 533 W
Peak 6-minutes: 418 W
Peak 20-minutes: 375 W
Peak 180-minutes: 275 W

May 14, Stage 9: San Giorgio nel Sannio - Frosinone 171km
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Results
1. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 3:39:15
2. Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
157 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky :03:02

Stage Summary by the Numbers:Training Stress Score: 206.4 TSS
Energy: 3293 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 116 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 168 bpm
Average Cadence: 87 rpm
Elev Gain: 807 m

Peak Power Values
Average Watts: 249 W
Max Watts: 1216 W
Normalized Power: 312 W
Peak 5-seconds: 1088 W
Peak 1-minute: 629 W
Peak 6-minutes: 449 W
Peak 20-minutes: 395 W
Peak 180-minutes: 262 W

May 13, Stage 8: Sulmona - Lago Laceno 229km
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This stage had a difficult finishing climb and Uran moved up to eleventh in the general classification with his 13th place finish today just 27 seconds behind the winner.

Results
1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 6:06:05
2 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:23
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:27
155 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:21:16

Stage Summary by the Numbers:Training Stress Score: 366.7 TSS
Energy: 5849 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 127 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 928 bpm
Average Cadence: 79 rpm
Elev Gain: 3584 m

Peak Power Values
Average Watts: 252 W
Max Watts: 928 W
Normalized Power: 313 W
Peak 5-seconds: 827 W
Peak 1-minute: 546 W
Peak 6-minutes: 435 W
Peak 20-minutes: 394 W
Peak 180-minutes: 276 W

May 12, Stage 7: Recanati - Rocca di Cambio 202km
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Results:
1. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana 5:51:03
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
3. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissa
119. Bernard Eisel (Aus) Team Sky 0:17:21

Stage Summary by the Numbers:Training Stress Score: 294 TSS
Energy: 5323 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 129 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 163 bpm
Average Cadence: 78 rpm

Peak Power Values
Average Watts: 240 W
Max Watts: 1114 W
Normalized Power: 287
Peak 5-seconds: 894 W
Peak 1-minute: 488 W
Peak 6-minutes: 366 W
Peak 20-minutes: 340 W
Peak 180-minutes: 254 W

Stage 6 Urbino - Porto Sant'Elpidio 207km

Stage 6 is where the Giro proper started. This was by far the hardest stage of the six so far. There were four categorized climbs - three category 3's and one category 2 - however, the entire day was undulating and the total elevation gain was 3,162 meters over the 200km stage.

It started out very fast with a peak 30-minute power (353 W) reading being recorded within the first hour racing. We can also see how Eisel's heart rate dropped throughout the stage as he and others formed a chase group by the midway point and chased to stay within the time restrictions.

Eisel will certainly be feeling the affect of this stage for a while as he recorded a whopping 325 normalized power (np) for over 6hrs of racing. He also tallied 380TSS points, which may well be his highest score of the year to date and the first half of stage 6 was covered with a reading of 325 np.

Stage 6 Results:

1. Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez, Androni Giocattoli 5:38:30
2. Adriano Malori, Lampre-ISD 1:10
3. Michal Golas, Omega Pharma-Quickstep
191. Bernard Eisel 33:12

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Training Stress Score: 380 TSS (Highest of the Giro so far)
Energy: 6257 KJ
Body Weight: 78kg
Average Heart Rate: 138 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 175 bpm
Average Cadence: 77 rpm
Average Watts: 280 W
Normalized Power: 325
Max Watts: 1181 W
Peak 1-minutes: 653 W (Highest of the Giro so far)
Peak 6-minutes: 460 W (Highest of the Giro so far)
Peak 20-minutes: 403 W (Highest of the Giro so far)
Peak 180-minutes: 300 W (Highest of the Giro so far)

Stage 5 Modena - Fano 199km

Cav Wins Again! Mark Cavendish put his pain suffered from a crash in stage 3 aside and got back to his winning ways by taking his second Giro stage victory of 2012.

This is a perfect opportunity to see exactly what it takes to lead out the world's fastest sprinter. Eisel was one of the final Team Sky riders to lead the peloton and swing off for the next Team Sky rider. During this one-minute effort Eisel averaged 620 W and maxed out at 927 W. His max speed was a sizzling 62kph and he averaged 102rpm.

Stage Results:

1. Mark Cavendish Team Sky 4:43:15
2. Matthew Goss Orica-GreenEDGE st.
3. Daniele Bennati RadioShack-Nissan
136. Bernard Eisel Team Sky 0:01:36

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Training Stress Score: 234 TSS
Energy: 3770 KJ
Body Weight: 78kg
Average Heart Rate: 123 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 182 bpm
Average Cadence: 85 rpm
Max Cadence: 199 rpm
Average Watts: 222 W
Normalized Power: 293
Max Watts: 1232 W
Peak 1-minutes: 632 W
Peak 6-minutes: 448 W
Peak 20-minutes: 382 W
Peak 180-minutes: 251 W

Stage 4 TTT Verona (TTT) 32.2km

Stage 4 was a tough 32km team time trial, which saw Team Sky place 9th, 30 seconds off the winning team Garmin-Barracuda. Sports Director Steven de Jongh described the team's performance: "We were in the mix there for places five to 10. We just couldn't go 30 seconds faster. On the climb the guys put out a steady pace but it wasn't quite fast enough."

The climbs on the course were short which means each team member had to dig in 100% no matter where they were placed within the squad's paceline. The benefits of drafting are minimal at lower speeds. As we take a look at Eisel's SRM race file we can see that one of the climbs took the team 2.5 minutes to cover and Eisel averaged a massive 462W at a speed of only 20kph. In situations like this each man is on their own and the team can only go as fast as the slowest rider.

Team coach Bobby Julich gave Eisel praise for having ridden a "solid ride and a strong pull with 4km to go."

Stage 4 Results:

1. Garmin-Barracuda 37:04
2. Katusha :05
3. Astana :22
9. Team Sky :30

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Training Stress Score: 56 TSS
Energy: 851 KJ
Body Weight: 78 kg
Average Heart Rate: 171 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 185 bpm
Average Cadence: 94 rpm
Max Cadence: 112crpm
Average Watts: 369 W (390 W during portion with the team)
Normalized Power: 392 W (402 W during portion with the team)
Max Watts: 1186 W
Peak 1-minutes: 500 W
Peak 6-minutes: 429 W
Peak 20-minutes: 397 W

Stage 3: Horsens 190km

A high-speed crash in the final sprint left Team Sky's Mark Cavendish banged and battered, but able to fight another day. Bernard Eisel's duties were yet again to keep Cavendish safe and protected for as long as possible and to help keep the day's six-man breakaway in check.

Stage 3 Results:

1. Matthew Goss Orica GreenEDGE 4:20:53
2. Juan Jose Haedo Saxo Bank
3. Tyler Farrar Garmin-Barracuda
186. Bernard Eisel 2:27

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Training Stress Score: 269TSS
Energy: 4306KJ
Body Weight: 78kg
Average Heart Rate: 132bpm
Max Heart Rate: 176bpm
Average Cadence: 81rpm
Max Cadence: 123rpm
Average Watts: 268W
Normalized Power: 323
Max Watts: 1185W
Peak 1-minutes: 582W
Peak 6-minutes: 426W
Peak 20-minutes: 373W

May 6, Stage 2: Herning 206km

Mark Cavendish showed his true value on the second stage of this year's Giro taking his eighth career Giro victory. Team Sky put in plenty of work throughout the stage to ensure Cavendish got his chance at glory.

Stage 2 Results:

1. Mark Cavendish Team Sky 4:52:12
2. Matthew Goss Orica GreenEDGE
3. Geoffrey Soupe FDJ-Big Mat
60. Berhard Eisel Team Sky

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Training Stress Score: 269TSS
Energy: 4282KJ
Average Heart Rate: 135bpm
Max Heart Rate: 186bpm
Average Cadence: 83rpm
Max Cadence: 131rpm
Average Watts: 239W
Normalized Power: 304
Max Watts: 1299W
Peak 1-minutes: 622W
Peak 6-minutes: 433W
Peak 20-minutes: 374W

May 5, Stage 1: Herning (ITT) 8.7km

The opening stage held in Herning, Denmark was a short 8.7km test over flat terrain but the riders had to negotiate nearly 20 corners on the technical circuit. Team Sky nearly took the victory, however BMC Racing's young American, Taylor Phinney, just beat Geraint Thomas by nine seconds.

Stage Results:

1. Taylor Phinney, Team BMC 10:26
2. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky +0:09
3. Alex Rasmussen, Garmin-Barracuda +00:13
56. Bernhard Eisel Team Sky +0:46

Stage Summary by the Numbers:
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Wattage: 430W avg
Speed: 46.6kph
Max Speed: 59kph
Training Stress Score: 9.4
Body Weight: 78kg

Eisel stayed safe and showed solid fitness by placing 56th after having averaged 433W for just over eleven minutes. Eisel paced the time trial well by having averaged nearly exactly 430w for the entire race. His heart rate rose steadily throughout the event having averaged 165bpm the first half versus 173bpm the second half.

Sports director Steven de Jongh described today's course. "The first part of the course was very technical, with a lot of corners, and then after 5km they were much bigger and more straightforward roads."

Given the technical nature of the course we can see how Eisel had to accelerate hard out of the numerous corners. By viewing his SRM power file it's easy to see the 600-800W sprints which took place as he exited the turns. Once he accelerated back up to speed (maximum speed was 59kph) he settled into his race pace of 430w.

Team Sky's results left Sports Director Steven de Jongh happy with the first day's efforts as he told us: "G (Geraint Thomas) produced a really good display and did his best - unfortunately Phinney was faster on the day."

Eisel will play a key role in Team Sky's strategy to try and have Mark Cavendish win a possible six stages in this year's Giro. Winds will play a big part of the next few days as the Giro criss-crosses Denmark before heading back down south to Italy for a team time trial on stage 4.

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