Two HUGE days for Daniel and everyone in the TDF.
The HARDEST start to a Tour De France Stage in 2010 happened on Stage 16. The best riders averaged over 6.0 w/kg on the Peyresourde and there were only 15 guys at the top of the climb. Daniel averaged 5.1 w/kg and that put him firmly in the main peloton of riders for the rest of the stage.
Stage 17 had Daniel's hardest 15 minutes in it! WOW! 405 watts normalized for 15minutes!!!
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July 20, Stage 16: Bagneres-de-Luchon - Pau 199.5km
1 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5:31:43
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fran.aise des Jeux
3 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
114 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:34:48
Daniels Comments: "I got through today without any problems. I suffered a bit on the first climb from km 0 but there were plenty behind me. From there I was in a big group and was very comfortable all the way to the finish. Thor did an awesome ride to finish 10th on one of the hardest mountain stages of the race, taking back the green jersey with it. I'd like to say that I helped him but he left me on the first climb and I never saw him again!"
Hunter's Comments: "With 14,000 feet of climbing today, this was definitely the hardest mountain stage of the tour so far. This was also the HARDEST start to a Tour De France in 2010. The riders at the front were doing over 6.0 watts per kilogram and only 15 riders were in the front group at the top of the Peyresourde climb! Daniel averaged 5.1 watts per kilogram on the climb and while that's amazing, it wasn't good enough to put him in the first couple of groups. He re-grouped with the main peloton at that point and rode easily over the rest of the climbs in the group pretty easily. "
July 22, Stage 17: Pau - Col du Tourmalet 174km
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 5:03:29
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
3 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:18
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:27
152 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:30:35
Hunter's comments: "A tough stage no matter who you are in the peloton. Daniel had a very tough section about 30 minutes into the stage. It was the hardest 15 minutes of the Tour for him with his Normalized Power at 405 watts! Very intense, with lots of attacks and hard efforts over 3 small hills. Amazing to think that the hardest 15 minutes of the Tour for Daniel came on Stage 17, but that just goes to show how after 17 stages, Daniel can still produce a very high wattage with all the fatigue in his legs.
Daniel also rode very hard, at his FTP over the Col De Marie Blanque in order to help Carlos Sastre on the other side of the climb. He averaged 365 watts for the whole climb, and 376 watts on the steepest part, which is very close to his FTP.
Once he was over the Marie Blanque climb and Carlos was safe, then Carlos attacked the peloton in a vain attempt to connect to the breakaway up the road. On the Col Du Soulour with Carlos away, Daniel rode in the groupetto up the climb and then cruised up the Tourmalet as well. Only needing to finish within the time cut was the goal today."