Ian Stannard's Roubaix Diary

In-depth analysis from the 'Hell of the North'

Last updated: 16th April 2011

Ian Stannard has allowed us to publish his TrainingPeaks SRM files from Paris-Roubaix and we've also featured his thoughts and reaction on what proved to be another gruelling day in the saddle:

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Paris-Roubaix: Compiegne to Roubaix - 258km

1. Johan Van Summeren (BEL) - Garmin-Cervelo - 6h07m28s
2. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) - Leopard Trek - +17
3. Maarten Tjallingii (NED) - Rabobank - +17
36. Ian Stannard (GB) - Team Sky - +4:46

Ian Stannard's Race Stats:

250 avg watts
299 normalized power
345 Training Stress Score
158 avg heart rate
192 max heart rate
87 avg cadence
25.2 avg mph

Ian Stannard rode a great race in a support role for Team Sky. He was instrumental in making sure Juan Antonio Flecha and Mathew Hayman, who finished 9th and 10th respectively, made it up to the front group following the Arenberg Forest section of cobbles.

Here are Ian's comments following the race:

"My job for the day was to be near the front from the start along with Brad (Wiggins), Jez (Jeremy Hunt) and Kurt (Kurt-Asle Arvesen), and try to get in the breakaway with out using too much energy. Brad got in the first breakaway which came back just before the cobbles started. A small group went just before the first section and several riders tried to jump across in between sections, so I followed them.

"We then came to the section just before Arenberg and I tried to help Flecha move near the front because that sets you up well leading into the forest. After this we wanted to cover anyone trying to move off the front again and Mat (Mathew Hayman) got away which put us in a good position.

"From then on, I just tried to stay near the front to deter other attacks and follow if anyone did go. A bit later I crashed, chased back on, but that was my race pretty much done."

As we take a look at Ian's SRM power file within TrainingPeaks we can see how Paris-Roubaix starts out with a fast pace as teams try to position and place riders in the early breakaway.

This year's early break was slow to develop however as the pace was so high (27mph for the first two hours) that a break of eight didn't get away until about the 100km mark. Back behind the leaders the peloton gradually increased the intensity as the cobbles of the Arenberg Forest aproached.

This is an infamous section of cobbles which covers more than 2km and innevitably ends the race for many of the riders due to crashes and flat tyres.

Within Ian's the file you can easily see how his heart rate rose over the course of the two and a half hours leading up to the Arenberg Forest.

Not only does the intensity of the race pick up, but fatigue is also now starting to seriously set in as the Arenberg forest is right at 4hrs into the race. The top contenders know this is where the race really begins with about two more hours of racing are yet to be contested.

Following the Arenberg section, the main chase group slowly broke apart as Fabian Cancellara attacked on the last remaining cobble sections. Ian continued to ride strong in the hope of being near his two team leaders if they needed any further support.

In the end, Ian finsihed a respectable 36th place, just under five minutes behind the winner Johan Van Summeren of Garmin-Cervelo.

User comments (2)

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Julian Cousins says...

Really interesting early pace so high at 27mph. I did sportive day before and struggled to maintain any type of speed on the cobbles. Saw pros next day and the speed on Arenberg was amazing. It was like interval training on the cobbles!

Posted 22:15 13th April 2011

Kevin Bamps says...

Great respect guys! Did you ride Paris-Roubaix with carbon- or alu-frames? What type of tyres were used by Team Sky? Kevin

Posted 19:13 13th April 2011

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