Stunning numbers for Evenepoel?

Chronowatts, a website specializing in the study of runner wattage, took an interest in the case of Remco Evenepoel, an impressive winner of the Vuelta.

Remco Evenepoel’s performances at the Vuelta have left their mark. The 22-year-old prodigy, the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour, shattered the competition, be it at the time trials, his favorite terrain, but also in the mountains, and experienced only two mild alarms over the three weeks. In the end, after essentially controlling for the third week, the Quick-Step rider finished the race a little over two minutes clear of Enric Mas and almost 5 minutes clear of young Juan Ayuso.

Like Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma, Remco Evenepoel got away with barely veiled doping allegations. Cycling doping killer Antoine Vayer didn’t fail to point the finger at the young Belgian. “A-HU-RI-SSANT”, he wrote before detailing his measurements: “Evenepoel 4.45 km 8.8% in 12’09” – 480 WE 6.95 w/kg. A 12′ pass at 480 WE is already extraordinary, at the end of the climb a 27min pass, it’s crazy. Las Praeres, 3.8 km – 13.17%. RECORD 14’56”. 462 WE, 6.65 w/kg. 10″ Better S.Yates in 2018.”

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The Chronowatts website, which the Festina coach also works with, has provided a comprehensive study of Remco Evenepoel’s performance at the Vuelta. And it is clear that the new king of the Belgians, at 21.58 km/h on a gradient of 8.81%, has holy numbers like the 479 standard watts that he developed in 12 minutes and 09 seconds in the last part of the Collau Fancuaya signed. Other performances of choice, which include the difficult climb of Les Praeres (3.75km at 13.17%), where it produces 444 standard watts for 15min30s, or the climb of Pico Jano with 441 standard watts (6.3 W/kg, if 64kg) for 30min07sec.

According to experts, power levels above 410 watts can appear suspicious on mountain stages. When they exceed 430 watts, they become wonderful. After all, over 450 watts they fall into the “mutant” category and inevitably raise questions.

Note that Remco Evenepoel isn’t the only one who has shown amazing performance figures. Taking into account the four main climbs of this Vuelta, while the Belgian prodigy averaged 427 watts, his runner-up Enric Mas followed with 425 watts and Primoz Roglic with 423 watts before having to retire. After that, the Spanish prodigies José Ayuso and Carlos Rodriguez complete the top 5 in this field with 421 and 416 watts.

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