The Team Ineos event on Zwift over the weekend saw some of the biggest stars in the sport race to the top of Watopia. Three Tour de France winners – Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Egan Bernal – and world time trial champion Rohan Dennis were all there to take on the 27km-long race up Alpe du Zwift.
A little under an hour later, it was Rohan Dennis who too the win, finishing 56 seconds ahead of Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar.
Here’s the cool part. We seldom get power stats from pro cyclists in race scenarios. But, wattage is how you race in Zwift, so it’s all there for us to see. So what do the power numbers tell us? Pros are strong, really strong.
In a one hour race, it’s no surprise that double world TT champion Rohan Dennis’ high wattage engine would hammer out a win. Dennis average 373 watts for 58 minutes. At 72kg that put him at 5.18 watts per kilogram. Pretty damn good for a guy racing months away from his peak event, the World Championships late this year.
Four-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, only managed sixth place with his 355w average (5.07 w/kg). Enough to be the best of the three former Tour winners though.
Geraint Thomas crossed the line in 19th place out of 28 riders, with 292w average at 4.31 w/kg. Egan Bernal grabbed 28th place with 253w average and 4.36 w/kg (I could be a pro! If I cut 50 pounds…)