Title

Sprinting for the win: Distribution of power output in women's professional cycling

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Int J Sports Physiol Perform

Medical Subject Headings

Athletic Performance; Bicycling; Competitive Behavior; Decision Making; Female; Humans; Physical Conditioning, Human

ISSN

1555-0273

Volume

13

Issue

9

First Page

1237

Last Page

1242

PubMed ID

29688105

Publisher

Human Kinetics, Inc.

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research

Comments

Originally published as:

Peiffer, J. J., Abbiss, C. R., Haakonssen, E. C., & Menaspà, P. (2018). Sprinting for the win: Distribution of power output in women’s professional cycling. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13(9). 1237-1242.

Original article available here.

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine the power-output distribution and sprint characteristics of professional female road cyclists.

METHODS: A total of 31 race files, representing top 5 finishes, were collected from 7 professional female cyclists. Files were analyzed for sprint characteristics, including mean and peak power output, velocity, and duration. The final 20 min before the sprint was analyzed to determine the mean maximal power output (MMP) consistent with durations of 5, 15, 30, 60, 240, and 600 s. Throughout the race, the number of efforts for each duration exceeding 80% of its corresponding final 20-min MMP (MMP

RESULTS: Sprint finishes lasted 21.8 (6.7) s with mean and peak power outputs of 679 (101) and 886 (91) W, respectively. Throughout the race, additional 5-, 15-, and 30-s efforts above MMP

CONCLUSIONS: These data demonstrate the variable nature of women's professional cycling and the physical demands necessary for success, thus providing information that could enhance in-race decision making and the development of race-specific training programs.

DOI

10.1123/ijspp.2017-0757

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