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Hayman’s Roubaix watts break speed sensor (maybe)

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Nobody wanted to take up the sprint in the velodrome, but Hayman found himself on the front with 200 meters to go. Boonen and Stannard looked well-positioned to come around him before the line, but the Aussie veteran was just too strong. Photo: Tim De Waele |

As he did with André Greipel’s Tour of Flanders power file, AJ Johnson of TrainingPeaks got his hands on a pro power file from Paris-Roubaix to dig into the numbers, and this time, it was the winner, Mathew Hayman. The Orica – GreenEdge rider put out such massive watts that he broke his speed sensor after 177 kilometers … Well, okay, that’s probably not what actually broke the sensor, but the 37-year-old’s ride stats are impressive.

First off, let’s talk about his normalized power: For a five hour, 50-minute race, Hayman clocked 351 watts. Three-hundred fifty-one! Most of us would be ecstatic to have an FTP that high.

Hayman clearly had the top end as well. Remember that critical moment when he bridged to Tom Boonen before the velodrome?

That, dear readers, is what a 10-second effort at 871 watts looks like, hitting a max of of 1,227 watts. To win the sprint for the cobblestone trophy, Hayman averaged 884 watts for 20 seconds, or 10.8W/kg and hit a peak of 1,234 watts.

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