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Niki Terpstra posts Flanders winning ride on Strava; fails to set KOM

Joe Robinson
3 Apr 2018

Despite winning the Cobbled Classic, the Dutchman failed to impress on Strava

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) attacked with 27km to go to take an impressive victory at the Tour of Flanders over the weekend. Bridging over to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Terpstra raced past catching the leading trio on the Oude Kwaremont before going alone into Oudernaarde, securing the second Monument win of his career.

It was a truly mighty ride from the Dutchman who has now undoubtedly added his name among the greats of Cobbled Classics racing, however, there was one place this race-winning ride failed to impress, Strava.

Uploading his win to the popular app, Terpstra may have been suprised to discover that he was unable to secure a single King of the Mountain en route and even more suprisingly, his efforts were not even good enough for any top 10 placings.

The Kruisberg was the decisive climb of the day, with Terpstra matching the efforts of Nibali before going alone. Yet despite these winning attacks, Terpstra was unable to set a personal best on the climb which he set at this season's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Wet and cold weather made climbing the cobbled 'helligen' tough with some even reduced to walking up the Koppenberg, a climb on which Terpstra coincidentally set a personal record.

The average speed of the race winner was a mighty 41.3km/h over the 260.79km course, meaning the Quick-Step Floors man came home in a time of 6:19:17.

Another impressive stat was Terpstra's maximum speed that clocked 79.9km/h despite no major descents on course.

Unfortunately Terpstra did not post any power data but we do know that within the chasing group Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) averaged 575 watts for the final climb of the Paterberg, with a 1 minute peak power of 768 watts which goes some way to telling us how hard Terpstra was riding to keep his gap.