Vuelta a Esapaña: Stage 5. L ‘Eliana – Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory. 170.7 km.

Tuesday August 27th, 2019

First arrival in uphill, in a new climb of first category, at 1,950 meters. Before, one of second cateogry and one of third, and slope road.

Propitious arrival to play the w/kg, focusing only on the final climb (surely the key point) will be a play to “stopped ball” the anaerobic threshold will mark the selection and aerobic-anaerobic transitions “attacks” can make you win seconds to the strongest. Day of apparently little exhaustion for the men of the general, where riders with a certain “spark” and good ending are the candidates before a trap stage on the ground before the final port that can play a
lot in collective tactics. At the physiological level it is very important to be a candidate to win having a VT2 (anaerobic threshold) above 6.2 w/kg even to dispute the stage in the break.

Riders with a profile “not so climbers” but with a good power/weight ratio in addition to a good power profile in absolute value are the great candidates to surprise from afar, great riders without a clear leader who can take advantage of leaks and surprise the Thomas de Gendt’s style, Davide Formolo, Gianluca Brambilla, Pierre Roger Latour or even the Basque Alex Aramburu can be names that surprise the big favorites.

This type of runners stands out for having in addition to a good aerobic engine and a well-shifted threshold to the right, a large capacity of generate lactate in moments of maximum effort Lmax that in case of arriving together at the last meters of stage make them stand out in a snatch, unlike pure climbers like Nairo Quintana or Mikel Nieve among others.