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Performance Analysis of a World Class Sprinter during Cycling Grand Tours.
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PMID:  23038704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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This investigation describes the sprint performances of the highest international ranked professional male road sprint cyclist during 2008-2011 Grand Tours. Sprint stages were classified as WON, LOST or DROPPED from the front bunch prior to the sprint. Thirty-one stages were video analysed for average speed of the last km, sprint duration, position in the bunch and number of teammates at 60, 30, and 15 s remaining, Race distance, total elevation gain (TEG) and average speed of 45 stages were determined. Head-to-head performances against the 2nd-5th most successful professional sprint cyclists were also reviewed. In the 52 Grand Tour sprint stages the subject started he WON 30 (58%), LOST 15 (29%), was DROPPED 6 (12%) and had one crash. Position in the bunch was closer to the front and the number of team members was significantly higher in WON compared to LOST at 60, 30 and 15 s remaining (P<0.05). The sprint duration was not different between WON and LOST (11.3±1.7 and 10.4±3.2 s). TEG was significantly higher in DROPPED (1089±465 m) compared to WON and LOST (574±394 and 601±423m, P<0.05). The ability to finish the race with the front bunch was lower (77%) compared with other successful sprinters (89%). However, the subject was highly successful; winning over 60% of contested stages, while his competitors won less than 15%. This investigation explores methodology that can be used to describe important aspects of road sprint cycling and supports the concept that tactical aspects of sprinting can relate to performance outcomes.
Authors:
Paolo Menaspà; Chris R Abbiss; David T Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports physiology and performance     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1555-0265     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Physiol Perform     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101276430     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Physiol Perform     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
School of Exercise and Health Sciences; Edith Cowan University, Perth; Sports Science Sports Medicine; Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra; and also Cycling Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
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