Well, pretty much everything that was said might happen on the cobbles did! Maybe Dave Brailsford should have taken Wiggins! The bigger riders had their day today with power being more important than power to weight. Riders with high power outputs over the VO2max range (L5 for Fitlab zones and between 3-8mins. 6.5w/kg+) also anaerobic efforts (less than 2mins or L7 for Fitlab zones 8w/kg+). For a good infographic on the types of power efforts required, check out this blog post on the 2013 classics.
Great to see Jack Bauer featured towards the end to help Talansky:
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