Judd has the right idea about the numbers. You can even see how they’ve organized the list – assuming this was taken going into the final stage, the 5 in the left column are all less than 2 minutes behind Levi, and the 9 on the right are all within 4 minutes. This way it’s easier for them to figure out how long a leash they can allow a breakaway.
“what the hell are you talking about ? … If you haven’t been on a bike, please stay on the side lines.”
Lordy! I can’t tell whether you’re being mock-angry about my mock-ignorance. But it pains me to see such consternation, real or otherwise, on my beloved BKW, so I will stop posting frustratingly idiotic comments lest I upset our kind hosts.
P.S. Caloric intake targets?
what the hell are you talking about ? … If you haven’t been on a bike, please stay on the side lines. Thanks.
“I hope that’s a joke.”
OK, I’ll come clean. The “cadence target” thing was a joke. Anyone who has a friend who’s almost completed a century will recognize those figures as what is known in European as “heart-rate targets.”
Anonymous 3:52 appears to be correct. Numbers appear to be top 14 non-Astana riders after stage 5:
91 – David Millar 93 – Christian Vandevelde 42 – Fabian Cancellara 45 – Gustav Larsson 92 – David Zabriskie 28 – Jurgen Vandewalle 53 – Robert Gesink 101 – Alexandre Moos 94 – Thomas Peterson 166 – Victor Hugo Pena Grisales 74 – Bernhard Kohl 25 – Kevin Seeldraeyers 16 – Iker Camano Ortuzar 141 – Benjamin Jacques-Maynes
The numbers on the stem are a mystery. It was the only of the Astana bikes with the note.
The SRM was a cool find because it was a carry over from 2005 when FSA was the sponsor of CSC but Jens wanted an SRM. The crank is a DA, wrapped in a carbon skin. It debuted at the Tour that year and the aspect which caught my eye is that it is still in service.
Numbers on stem are General Classification contenders? So Astana know who to chase? Just a guess. could account for the random order
@ sma & Jason, I think the likeliest scenario is that the DA SRM is being used because it is available in lengths longer than 175mm, where as FSA cranks are not.
The “friend who almost completed a century” thing? I hope that’s a joke. If so, funny. If not, sad.
What I don’t get about the numbers on the stem though is the complete lack of order to them. I guess it’s just one of those things that only makes sense to the person who has wrote it. Sorta like my tax records.
RE: SMA – sponsor is currently out of stock>mech makes due with decal
Anon1: KMs along the route when events are sure to happen, hills, feeds, sprints, wind – compare it to a course profile from cycling news or the official race site. this system is arbitrary – whatever they agree on. it is not however ‘cadence targets’ … uphill at 16 rpms? downhill at 166 rpms? nice try but no. Maybe thats why he almost but didn’t complete a century.
“What do the numbers on the stem mean?”
While I don’t ride myself, I have a friend who almost completed a century ride once, so I’m pretty sure those are cadence targets for different portions of the route.
For example, on the really steep parts, this rider is probably looking to be grinding away at about 16rpm — slow and steady to avoid blowing up (like my friend did) — while on the downhill portions, he’s aiming for 166rpms, spinning fast and keeping the engine burning clean.
It’s all about physics. Cycling rules that way.
What do the numbers on the stem mean?
whats with the dura ace srm covered with an fsa sticker? why not just use the fsa model?
Props to my man Vince Gee, the BMC mech, formerly Discovery, Postal, Saturn and Mavic.