Modeling the Power-Duration Relationship in Professional Cyclists During the Giro d'Italia

Giovanni Vinetti, Luca Pollastri, Francesca Lanfranconi, Paolo Bruseghini, Anna Taboni, Guido Ferretti

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Multistage road bicycle races allow the assessment of maximal mean power output (MMP) over a wide spectrum of durations. By modeling the resulting power-duration relationship, the critical power (CP) and the curvature constant (W') can be calculated and, in the 3-parameter (3-p) model, also the maximal instantaneous power (P0). Our aim is to test the 3-p model for the first time in this context and to compare it with the 2-parameter (2-p) model. A team of 9 male professional cyclists participated in the 2014 Giro d'Italia with a crank-based power meter. The maximal mean power output between 10 seconds and 10 minutes were fitted with 3-p, whereas those between 1 and 10 minutes with the 2- model. The level of significance was set at p < 0.05. 3-p yielded CP 357 ± 29 W, W' 13.3 ± 4.2 kJ, and P0 1,330 ± 251 W with a SEE of 10 ± 5 W, 3.0 ± 1.7 kJ, and 507 ± 528 W, respectively. 2-p yielded a CP and W' slightly higher (+4 ± 2 W) and lower (-2.3 ± 1.1 kJ), respectively (p < 0.001 for both). Model predictions were within ±10 W of the 20-minute MMP of time-trial stages. In conclusion, during a single multistage racing event, the 3-p model accurately described the power-duration relationship over a wider MMP range without physiologically relevant differences in CP with respect to 2-p, potentially offering a noninvasive tool to evaluate competitive cyclists at the peak of training
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
VolumePublish Ahead of Print
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • critical power
  • cycling


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