Giro d’Italia 2017 – 100th Edition – 12th stage Forli’ – Reggio Emilia 234 km – 18/05/2017 – UAE Team Emirates – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2017

Heart rate and calorie consumption as interesting data

Just after the end of the Giro 2017, the UAE Team Emirates’ trainings and performance staffbegan the important activity of analysis of the data, concerning the performances of the riders, which had been collected and recorded during the Pink Race.


The analysis is run on multiple levels because it is based on the data aggregation and it is made possible thanks to a software conceived by the members of the staff and created by a consultant: the software consents to daily analyse the performances in each stage and then to aggregate and to compare the multiple metabolic parameters concerning the performances of the riders.


The work is complex and with a scientific value, it required the use of precise instrument for the collection of the data, such as the power meter Power2Max.
A bunch of interesting date is already available.


In the field of the values of the Critical Power, considering the max values of the single cyclists on 30′, the differences are close: from 347 to 412 Watt. A gap of 65 Watt confirms the efficacy of the trainings performed before the Giro and demonstrates an equal level of performances of all the team’s riders.


There are larger gaps between the higher value, 18,3 Watt pro kg, and the lower value, 14,2, on the value at 5”: this difference is due by the different tasks of each rider during the race and to the different characteristics (higher value is from a sprinter, the lower from a climber).


The max value of average power during a stage was recorded during the Foligno-Montefalco, 372,1 watt, higher than the value of 371,8 watt which was recorded during the Monza-Milano: both were time trials.


The average values on the whole Giro gave interesting overviews on the performances during the three weeks of the race.
The higher value of the power per kg was 3,16 Watt/kg, the lower was 2,69 Watt/kg.


The data about the calorie consumption are pretty impressive: the peak is 118.902,2 Kcal during the three weeks, while the peak for a single stage (Bormio) is 8.294,9 Kcal. The lower amount on the whole Giro was 102.330, the same rider used 7.138,2 Kcal in Bormio stage.


On the roads and on the 48.721 meter of elevation gained of the Pink Race, one rider lost 38,4 kg,which were recovered even if not completely: the weight difference from Alghero to Milan for this cyclist was 3,7 kg.
The higher value of weight lost in a single stage was 3.9 kg, on the way to Bormio.
There is a rider in contrast with the others that recorded + 1.5 kg compared to the start of the Giro in Sardinia


The heart rate aggregate data provides important info about the physical and metabolic activity of the riders and about the efforts during the race. The higher aggregated time of work above threshold zone is 6h51’25”, followed by another rider that spent 6h21’30”.


The staff in charge of the trainings and of the performances of the UAE Team Emirates can provide completely original data for what concerns an analysis about the Giro d’Italia, which are the total amount of the heartbeats during the whole race (sum of the heartbeats recorded during each stage).
The lower amount of heartbeats of a single rider of the Emirati team was 722.631, which is far from the higher amount of 811.175.
The highest average hear rate
during the three weeks of the Giro  was 143,8 bpm and the highest average heart rate for one stage was 176,6 , which was recorded in the final time trial.
The same athlete is also recordman in the classification of the higher average pedalling rateduring the whole Giro (78,4 rpm) and on the single stage (95,7 rpm, during the time trial Monza-Milano).