Strava has given us all the opportunity to gain an extra insight into the effort that the professional riders put into racing.
With statistics for speed, distance, power and more, it’s easier than ever to follow every pedal stroke that riders make in the biggest races.
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More and more pro riders are joining Strava, with a record number of cyclists from all over the world logging their rides online. Here we present a list of riders’ Strava accounts to follow and study during the 2017 Tour de France.
André Griepel hasn’t been very active on Strava over the last few weeks, but hopefully that’s just him keeping his Tour-prep under wraps rather than going off the whole thing. Fingers crossed he’ll be back online when the race gets underway, as his stats give a great glimpse inside the hectic world of bunch sprints.
A sporadic Strava user, Bardet can usually be relied upon to upload most of his race days including the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. However you have to request to follow him, so get your requests in now, as apparently he hasn’t got much time on his hands over the next few weeks…
A Strava devotee, Pinot regularly uploads both races and training rides, including the recent Giro d’Italia. His rides there were a great way to gain an insight into other GC riders who aren’t on Strava, such as Nairo Quintana and his attack on the Blockhaus, but we’ll have to wait and see if Pinot also chases GC at the Tour, or if he goes off in search of stage wins.
Greg Van Avermaet
While the rest of the BMC Racing team are travelling to France in support of Richie Porte, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet will likely be given a bit of leeway to go in search of stage wins. The Belgian is a regular uploader, although unfortunately didn’t upload his winning ride from Paris-Roubaix earlier this year.
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The highlight of Alexander Kristoff‘s Strava is the profile picture of him looking very dapper in a dinner jacket, but he’s also a very reliable uploader, whether that’s the Tour of Flanders, or a training ride back home in Norway. His stats will give an idea of the speeds that riders hit in bunch sprints.
Former Belgian and world champion Philippe Gilbert, or as he goes by on Strava “Phil The bike shop by Philippe Gilbert. 7 rue des açores 98000 Monaco, firstname.lastname@example.org”, is a regular Strava user, racking up more than 16,000km since the start of the year. However you have to request to follow him, so get that request in soon.
A slight surprise addition in Dimension Data’s Tour de France team, Thwaites can always be relied upon to upload all his rides to Strava. He’ll probably spend most of his time working for team-mates, but Thwaites’ power data will give a great glimpse into the numbers needed for domestique duty.
One of the most interesting riders to follow on Strava, Kwiatkowski has clocked up plenty of kilometres over the last couple of months. An essential domestique for Chris Froome, Kwiatkowski usually strips out the power data from his rides, but gave us a treat with his Milan-San Remo win as he left it in to let us gawk at his huge numbers.
Laurens ten Dam
If you’re after a pro who will always upload his ride to Strava, and leave the power figures in too, then Laurens ten Dam is your man. The versatile mountain domestique should spend his time looking after Warren Barguil, but will also be given a chance to get in a few breaks and maybe chase a stage win along the way.
Stay tuned for analysis of riders’ Strava stats as the Tour de France progresses.