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Wout van Aert posts extraordinary Strade Bianche ride to Strava

Joe Robinson
7 Mar 2018

A gruelling day in the saddle produced some epic stats for van Aert's Strava feed

Wout van Aert uploaded his incredible Strade Bianche third place ride to Strava, however failed to take any King of the Mountains due to the epic wet and muddy weather.

Simply entitling the ride 'Strade Bianche', van Aert recorded some impressive stats including a maximum speed of 88.2 km/h, an average cadence off 88rpm over 5 hours and 10 minutes of riding with his heart rate hitting a lofty 196bpm.

The wet, sticky white gravel roads restricted the triple cyclocross World Champion to an average speed of 36km/h which is slightly slower than your average one day race.

The most impressive stat however, is that over the five hour race van Aert recorded a 363w weighted average power maxing out at a mammoth 1,367w.

The conditions at last weekend's Strade Bianche played to the favour of the cyclocross specialist with van Aert coming in a respectable third behind Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and eventual winner Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal).

Bardet and van Aert were the first to make a substantial attack and at points looked as if they would be riding for victory, but Benoot managed to bridge the gap, distance his rivals and take his first win as a professional as van Aert finally conceded defeat.

With Benoot riding to victor and Bardet riding clear for second, van Aert came to a grinding halt on the final climb back in to Siena. After five hours in the saddle, van Aert's legs finally turned to jelly with him falling off the bike.

Yet a fighting spirit saw van Aert run to the top of the climb, claw himself back into the saddle and hang on to third place, it was no less an extremely impressive performance.