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Strava KoM for La Redoute keeps falling

Joe Robinson
22 Jun 2020

Former Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion holds Strava KoM for all of 24 hours

La Redoute, the most infamous climb from the annual Liege-Bastogne-Liege Monument race, has become the playground for an interesting Strava battle.

Philippe Gilbert, winner of the race in 2011, started it all when he took the King of the Mountain for the Strava segment last Thursday after being challenged by his brother to take the fastest time.

The Lotto-Soudal rider was riding as part of a new documentary on his career when he put in an effort up the 1.5km-long, 10% climb that features annually in 'La Doyenne'.

A master of punchy efforts, the 37-year-old set a new best time of 4 minutes 25 seconds, slashing 17 seconds off Romain Bardet's time, which was set on a recon of the race in 2019.

To set the new time, Gilbert pushed a hearty 526W for just over four minutes, maxing out at 881W, averaging 20.9kmh. With pitches of over 20 per cent, Gilbert also rode at a relatively low average cadence of 80rpm.

After setting the new Strava KoM, Gilbert then took to Twitter to challenge others to 'Try and beat it'. Probably to the five-time Monument winner's surprise, his time was toppled twice in just 72 hours.

Firstly, Gilbert's time was bettered by Jumbo-Visma's development team rider Gijs Leemreize. The 20-year-old Dutch rider clipped three seconds off Gilbert's time to set a new benchmark of 4 minutes, 22 seconds.

Lighter than Gilbert, Leemreize only had to tap out 483W to better the time of his counterpart, 17 years his senior, in a time that he probably thought would secure the segment crown for some time.

That was until another Dutch rider, Mathijs Loman, had his own tilt at the title on Sunday, bettering Leemreize's time by a further seven seconds to set a new KoM time of 4 minutes 15 seconds.

A former Zwift Academy finalist, Loman now riders for amateur team Hoppenbrouwers-Viro. He also posted his power data, which saw him tap out 507W for the new record, averaging an impressive 21.4kmh.