Team Sky to continue with single-sided Stages power meters in 2016

Extension of current deal comes after two years of success

Team Sky is set to continue with their use of Stages power meters after signing a deal that will see Chris Froome’s famous power data measured by a single sided system as he takes aim at a third Tour de France triumph.

This will be Team Sky’s third season on the American system, which they first used after swapping over from SRM, generally regarded as the gold-standard in the power meter market, at the start of 2014.

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The original decision was initially greeted with scepticism, with the single-sided design of the power meter (which measures the power generated from your left leg and then doubling the value to give an overall power measurement) seemingly clashing with Team Sky’s reputation for precision training and marginal gains.

froome's pinarello dogma f8 prototype stages power meter

Team Sky helped to develop the second generation Stages power meter

However this is a design that has clearly worked for both parties, with Stages continuing with the single-sided approach with the soon-to-be-available second generation of the system (which includes compatibility with carbon crank arms) continuing to double the values of a single leg.

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Sky are also happy with the partnership, with Head of Athlete Performance Tim Kerrison describing it as “one of the team’s most valuable coaching tools” but which will also “meet the needs of cyclists at all levels.”