A former Giro d’Italia stage winner on the Stelvio, De Gendt had to come back strong when he was dropped by Serge Pauwels and Daniel Navarro, but did exactly that to claim another famous stage win.
De Gendt, using a SRM PowerControl 8 to record his power output, finished the stage with an average power of 289 watts and a cadence of 86rpm.
On the climb from St.Esteve to Chalet Reynard, that power output increased to 390 watts as he climbed at an average speed of 17km/h to record a time of 30:40 for the 8.7km ascent. De Gendt’s maximum power for the stage? 1,046 watts. He also recorded an average heart rate of 134 beats per minute and a maximum of 175, while the Dutchman’s average speed for the 121-mile stage was 38.0km/h, with a maximum of 83.2km/h.
De Gendt’s time, while enough to win the stage, was actual the fourth fastest uploaded to Strava on the day – Romain Bardet is the proud new holder of the Strava KOM having raced up in the GC group in 28:56.
Unfortunately none of Bardet, Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ) or Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) – who all climbed faster than De Gendt – have uploaded their power data, however.