Interesting info on Floyd:
In stage 17, he used 70+ bottles of water (both drinking and dumping over his head).
His radio malfunctioned on the final climb (he thinks due to the water he poured over his head), so he didn't know his gaps going up the Joux Plane.
He had lost a lot of water/weight in stage 16 so to counteract that (and keep him from sweating) they gave him ice cold bottles of water to pour over his head throughout stage 17. (This kept him from sweating as much - which Lim says is better since you can't replace the water in your blood, which is where sweat water comes from, as quickly as you lose it -- so he had more blood to transport oxygen in his legs)
(Landis allowed publication of his power numbers)
When he made his move on the Col des Saisies he averaged 544 watts in the first thirty seconds of his acceleration. This settled down to a 5-minute peak of 451 watts, which then continued for 10 minutes at an average of power of 431 watts. His 30 minute average was 401 watts.
"Floyd averaged 280 watts for the entire ride, but it was 318 for the last two hours. That is while the bike is moving, so you have take into account that he has all those long descents," Lim said. "On the descents he spent 13.2 percent of his time or 43 minutes coasting. If you spend that much coasting but are as good a descender as he is, you are making up time on the descents as well."
"However, if we don’t include the coasting time, he averaged 324 watts while pedalling for the stage and 364 watts over the last two hours. That gave him a total of 5,456 Kjoules of work, at an average cadence of 89 rpm. The nature of it is that everything he did today is within the realms of physiological capacity. It was the style with which he did it, the panache and the bravado and the courage [which stood out]."
Despite the outcome of the ride, Lim said that the outputs weren’t actually the best he has seen from Landis. Of course, two and a half weeks of racing will tend to have that effect.