Post Race Analysis

Strava stats: how Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France at Peyragudes

Frenchman uploads stage-winning ride to Strava

Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) put the power down on Peyragudes to win stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France, and the Frenchman has shared exactly how he did it on Strava.

Bardet was riding for 5:49:42 hours at an average speed of 36.4km/h, tappin out an average cadence of 90rpm on the 212.3km Pyrenean stage before accelerating away from Italian champion Fabio Aru (Astana) on the final climb to take victory. Bardet’s maximum speed of 93.6km/h came on the descent of the category one Col de Mente.

And alongside the stage win, Bardet naturally recorded the Strava KOM title on the finish – a 2.3km climb with an average gradient of nine per cent, and the finally, brutally steep Altiport section of the climb too.

Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France (Pic: Sirotti)

The Frenchman’s time up the Peyragudes ascent was 6’35 – gaining 27 seconds on fellow Strava user George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) after both arrived at the climb in the front group.

A VAM score – the measure of how quickly you climb per hour (see more on that here) – was recorded at 1,839m for the ascent for Bardet, significantly quicker than the pace the yellow jersey group set up the Port de Bales.

Bardet and Bennett set a time of 30.45 on the hors categorie Port de Bales climb, as they stuck to their GC rivals’ wheels on the ascent. Bardet’s VAM score there was 1,614.

Unfortunately Bardet has not uploaded his power data, but Bennett has.

Romain Bardet claimed the Strava KOM title at Peyragudes… unsurprisingly after his blistering acceleration at the end of stage 12 (pic: Strava)

LottoNL-Jumbo have been sponsored by Pioneer for some time, and the New Zealander put out a recorded 366w on the final ramp, peaking at 570w.

That Bardet rode away from him as the gradient bit offers some context as to what the Frenchman was achieving at the time.

And to put that into context further, Britain’s Tour de France debutant Scott Thwaites – who uses a Garmin Edge 820 and finished 122nd on the stage – recorded a power output of 240w for the climb, highlighting the vast differences between racing at the front and simply climbing to complete the stage.

Check out Romain Bardet’s full Strava ride here or take a look at George Bennett’s data here.

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