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Check out Romain Bardet’s Stage 12 Tour de France win on Strava

Joseph Delves
14 Jul 2017

Bardet's data shows what it takes to win a mountain stage at the Tour de France

AG2R-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet yesterday took a stunning victory on the longest mountain stage of this year's Tour de France.

He finished Stage 12 in convincing enough fashion to crack Chris Froome (Team Sky) and propel himself into third position in the general classification, 25 seconds behind leader Fabio Aru (Astana) and 19 seconds behind Froome, who slipped to second overall.

Just in case anyone missed his victory on the mountainside, having climbed off his bike Bardet uploaded his ride to Strava.

Despite the stage containing one fourth, two second, two first, and one HC category climb, Bardet managed to average an impressive 36.4km/h for its duration.

He covered the 212.3km distance in 5:49:42. The six categorised climbs together providing 4,398m of elevation gain, but Bardet clearly didn't struggle to keep the pedals turning on the steep gradients judging by his a high average cadence of 90 rpm.

Unsurprisingly, Bardet claimed the KOM on the final Peyragudes climb – in fact the top 10 leaderboard is dominated by Grand Tour riders. George Bennett (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), who came in eighth on the day, performed better on the climb itself, coming in second. While Bardet wasn’t revealing his wattage for the final ascent, Bennett averaged 366 watts up the climb.

You can follow both Bardet and Bennett's exploits on Strava to see how they far in the coming stages.