Title

Physical demands of sprinting in professional road cycling

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Georg Thieme Verlag

Place of Publication

Stuttgart, Germany

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19643

Comments

Originally published as: Menaspà, P., Quod, M., Martin, D. T., Peiffer, J. J. & Abbiss, C. R. (2015). Physical Demands of Sprinting in Professional Road Cycling." International journal of sports medicine, 36(13), 1058. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1554697. Original article available here

Abstract

The aim of this study was to quantify the demands of road competitions ending with sprints in male professional cycling. 17 races finished with top-5 results from 6 male road professional cyclists (age, 27.0±3.8 years; height, 1.76±0.03 m; weight, 71.7±1.1 kg) were analysed. SRM power meters were used to monitor power output, cadence and speed. Data were averaged over the entire race, different durations prior to the sprint (60, 10, 5 and 1 min) and during the actual sprint. Variations in power during the final 10 min of the race were quantified using exposure variation analysis. This observational study was conducted in the field to maximize the ecological validity of the results. Power, cadence and speed were statistically different between various phases of the race (p

DOI

10.1055/s-0035-1554697