Site specialized in the study of the watts of runners, Chronowatts was interested in the case of Remco Evenepoel, an extraordinary winner of the Vuelta.
Remco Evenepoel’s performances at the Vuelta left their mark. The 22-year-old prodigy, the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour, crushed the competition, both in time trials, his favorite terrain, but also in the mountains, suffering only two mild warnings during the three weeks. In the end, after basically checking during the third week, the Quick-Step driver finished with just over two minutes ahead of Enric Mas and nearly 5 minutes ahead of young Juan Ayuso.
Like Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma, Remco Evenepoel got away with barely veiled doping innuendo. Killer of doping in cycling, Antoine Vayer did not fail to point the finger at the young Belgian. “A-HU-RI-SSANT”, he wrote before detailing his readings of him: “Evenepoel 4.45 km 8.8% in 12’09” -480 WE 6.95 w / kg. A 12 ‘at 480 WE is already extraordinary, at the end of the 27min climb it’s crazy. Las Praeres, 3.8 km – 13.17%. RECORD 14’56 “. 462 WE, 6.65 w / kg. 10” best S.Yates in 2018. “
Shows that question
The Chronowatts site, with which coach Festina also collaborates, provided a comprehensive study of Remco Evenepoel’s performance at the Vuelta. And it is clear that the new King of the Belgians has signed sacred numbers such as the standard 479 watts developed in 12min09sec in the last part of Collau Fancuaya, traveling at 21.58 km / h on an 8.81% gradient. Other performances to choose from, those obtained on the difficult climb of Les Praeres (3.75 km at 13.17%), where it produces 444 standard watts for 15min30sec, or during the ascent of Pico Jano with 441 standard watts (6.3 w / kg if 64 kg) for 30min07sec.
According to specialists, during the mountain phases, powers above 410 watts can seem suspicious. When they exceed 430 watts, they become miraculous. Finally, above 450 watts, they fall into the “Mutant” category and necessarily ask questions.
Note that Remco Evenepoel is not the only one to have shown amazing power figures. Taking into account the four main climbs of this Vuelta, while the Belgian prodigy averaged 427 watts, his runner-up, Enric Mas, followed with 425 watts and Primoz Roglic scored 423 watts before being forced to withdraw. In their wake, Spanish prodigies José Ayuso and Carlos Rodriguez complete the Top 5 in this field with 421 and 416 watts.