Strava stats: Ian Stannard's stage-winning Tour of Britain ride

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Strava stats: Ian Stannard’s stage-winning Tour of Britain ride

Team Sky man leads the way as Strava KOM titles tumble in Cheshire

Ian Stannard soloed to victory at Tatton Hall on stage three of the 2016 Tour of Britain – and racked up the Strava KOM titles in the process.

The Team Sky man has shared his ride on Strava, making it possible to see exactly where Yogi made the difference on Cheshire’s undulating roads.

As ever when the Tour of Britain is in town, local Strava KOM records tumbled – though the time on the 10km Cat and Fiddle ascent was not enough to dethrone Buxton CC rider Lee Baldwin’s best effort.

However, Stannard, who had a weighted average power output of 326 watts for his stage-winning ride, did bag 25 Strava KOM titles on his local roads – the Essex-born rider now resides in Cheshire when he’s training at home.

Ian Stannard uploaded his stage-winning Tour of Britain ride to Strava (pic: Strava)

Stannard, second-placed Graham Briggs (JLT-Condor) and third-placed Kristian House (ONE Pro Cycling) all uploaded their rides to Strava, and all three broke the 50km/h barrier at the start of the stage as they sought to get into the break.

On the ‘Spen Green to Four End Lanes’ segment in Sandbach, Stannard powered the trio – with Madison-Genesis’ Matt Cronshaw also in tow – away from the peloton, putting out 378 watts in the process.

Briggs’ heart rate was recorded at 173bpm as he followed, with a power output of 342w, while House put out 365w.

Stannard, though originally from Essex, lives locally in Cheshire and so knew the roads well (pic: Strava)

Compared to riders in the peloton, such as Movistar’s Alex Dowsett or NFTO’s Ian Bibby, who took the segment at a sedate pace as the break went away, there’s big difference.

Dowsett’s power meter recorded a power output of 71 watts, and Bibby’s 79 watts. Movistar’s Gio Visconti, who had his nose in the wind, only just touched triple figures too.

Having made the breakaway, Stannard, House and Briggs still had to make it stick and all three spent most much of their day riding at tempo.

Briggs’ weighted average power output for the ride is given at 279 watts and House’s at 313 watts, the latter setting an average cadence of 86rpm and the former 95rpm.

The escapees did cede a little time on the Cat and Fiddle climb, with the segment covering the full ride out of Macclesfield to the top of the ascent taking them 23:45.

House produced an average power output of 325 watts for the climb, while Briggs’ power meter gave his power output as 300 watts; Stannard put out 330 watts.

Stannard seemingly turned a bigger gear to his fellow escapees on the 10km climb, with an average gradient of three per cent, as his average cadence of 79rpm for the climb is less than the other two (House – 86rpm, Briggs – 90rpm).

Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was the fastest man in the peloton up the climb, as he did enough to keep the King of the Mountains jersey for another day.

The Belgian’s power output went as high as 1,060 watts as he sprinted to the summit ahead of Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche – tackling the full climb in 23:01.

Stannard put down the power as he jumped clear of House and Briggs after the Cat and Fiddle climb (pic: Strava)

When Stannard attacked, there was nothing his former breakaway companions, or indeed the rest of the peloton, could do.

The Team Sky man set a new Strava KOM on the 40km stretch from the top of the Cat and Fiddle climb to Knutsford, where he eked out a big overall advantage.

His cadence peaked at a maximum of 208rpm as he put down the power to get away from House and Briggs – corresponding with a peak power output of 1210 watts.

Team Sky have won a stage in every edition of the Tour of Britain they have taken part in (pic: Sweetspot)

Stannard’s time from the A54, just past the summit of ‘The Cat’, to Bosley, some 14km later and with the Team Sky man leading solo and on his way to certain victory, was nearly a minute and a half faster than the peloton as a result.

The entire 40km segment to Knutsford saw him set an average cadence of 85rpm and put out just a little more than 300 watts on average, for a speed of 43.8km/h.

Stannard’s victory, his first of the 2016 season, maintains Team Sky’s record of having won at least one stage of their ‘home’ race in every edition since the squad’s formation in 2010.

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