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Key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Dan Alexander
12 Jul 2018

Check out the key Strava segments that could have an impact on the 2018 Tour de France

With the 2018 Tour de France well underway, we've had a look at some of the Strava sgements that will be covered throughout the race. With some of the KOMs already held by pro riders - former and current - new fastest times aren't guaranteed.

From short, sharp climbs to cobbles to mountains, here's where some significant time differences in the search for yellow could happen.

The key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Stage 6: Mur-de-Bretagne

Length: 1.94km  
Average gradient: 7%  
KOM: Adam Yates (Michelton-Scott) - 4:27  
QOM: Marit Coghe - 5:11

Stage 6 has the first summit finish of the 2018 Tour de France. Just two kilometres in length but with an opening kilometre at 9.8%, the segment will offer the first climbing action for the General Classification hopefuls.

Last included in the 2015 edition when the Mur hosted the finish to a similar stage when AG2R La Mondiale’s Alexis Vuillermoz was first across the line and 10 seconds behind the Frenchman, in seventh place, was current Strava KOM leader Adam Yates.

Yates was the highest placed rider to upload his ride to Strava on the day. Yates’s power data shows he held an impressive 454 watts to sustain his 28.3kmh effort for a time of 4:07.

With the development that Yates has shown in the past seasons he could well better his own time this year.

Race report: Dan Martin takes victory at Mûr de Bretagne as Froome and Bardet lose time

Stage 9: Pave Camphin-en-Pevele

Length: 1.8km
Average gradient: 0%
KOM: Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) - 2:39
QOM: Terry Fremineur - 3:33

The cobbles of northern France return to this year’s route to the dread of some GC contenders. Pave Camphin-en-Pevele is the penultimate sector and could be decisive in the fight for the stage win coming with just 18.5 kilometres left to ride before the finish in Roubaix.

A little under two kilometres in length the sector’s current KOM is held by Richie Porte’s domestique Tejay Van Garderen who took the crown in April of this year when Van Garderen, Porte and possible stage contender Greg Van Avermaet did a reconnaissance of the route.

Van Garderen’s time of 2:39 at 41kmh is likely to be beaten come July at the business end of the stage. Potential stage contenders Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) and Van Avermaet are possible successors with both regularly uploading their rides to Strava.

Stage 10: Col de Glieres

Length: 6.2km
Average gradient: 11%
KOM: ‘Zz Zz’ - 23:43
QOM: Loana Lecomte - 32:47

A brute of a climb that represents the first Hors Categorie mountain of the race on Stage 10. Six kilometres in length with a punishing average gradient of 11%, it's made worse by the final two kilometres that climb on a dust road.

The current KOM leader board is dominated by riders from this year’s edition of the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc which tackled the climb.

Fastest to the summit was the somewhat anonymous profile that goes by the name of ‘Zz Zz’ with a time of 23:43.

The uploaded power data shows an effort of 347 watts for the climb at an average speed of 15.7kmh.

Stage 12: Alpe d’Huez

Length: 13.9km
Average gradient: 8%
KOM: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) - 42:09
QOM: Emma Pooley - 49:46

The penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour de France ended with a showdown on Alpe d’Huez as Chris Froome cracked but had a large enough lead to keep the yellow jersey for Paris.

Stage victory went to Thibaut Pinot who attacked the favourites early on the climb and held on to take a famous victory.

At 13.9 kilometres in length and with an average gradient of 8% the Alpe d’Huez Strava segment has more than 24,000 efforts from 18,000 riders.

Pinot’s time of 42:09 sits at the top of the pile with an average speed of 19.8kmh and will be a stern test for any rider at the Tour.

Stage 14: Montée Jalabert depuis college

Length: 2.3km
Average gradient: 12%
KOM: Levi Leipheimer (Retired) 8:26
QOM: Lau L. 8:41

Former pro Leipheimer’s time of 8:26 hasn’t been beaten in the six years since he set it in March 2012. Impressively, the time was set at the end of a 183km training ride and survived the 2015 Tour peloton smashing up the two kilometre climb in the finale of Stage 15.

Second that day was Thibaut Pinot, who lost out to Stephen Cummings and also missed the consolation prize of the Strava KOM by three seconds.

Montée Jalabert, named after 1995 stage winner Laurent Jalabert, has an average gradient of 12% and rarely drops below 10%.

The climb will be ridden on Stage 14 of this year’s edition.

Stage 17: Col de val Louron-Azet

Length: 7.1km
Average gradient: 8%
KOM: Laurens Ten Dam (Team Sunweb) - 22:35
QOM: Fanny Leleu - 28:16

Stage 17 of the Tour de France is just 65km in length but contains three mountain ascents. A stage that promises aggressive racing includes the First Category Col de val Louron-Azet as the second climb of the day.

Seven kilometres with an average gradient of 8%, the road out of Génos was used in both the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Tour.

Current KOM Laurens Ten Dam set a time of 22:35 in 2014, a race where he finished with a career best 9th on GC.

Stage 19: Col du Tourmalet

Length: 17.2km
Average gradient: 7%
KOM: Robert Gesink (LottoNL Jumbo) 51:26
QOM: Emma Pooley 1:00:27

The final day in the Pyrenees takes the peloton over the iconic Col du Tourmalet. At 17 kilometres long with an average gradient of 7%, the Tourmalet is a staple in the Tour.

Robert Gesink holds the current Strava KOM effort with an average power of 370 watts for 51:26 which he set on Stage 11 in 2015.

Gesink finished 15th that day on the same time as Froome, Nairo Quintana and the other GC players as Rafal Majka won the stage from the breakaway.

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