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Unsurprisingly, the Tour de France’s current King of the Mountains picked up several KoMs

It’s been a busy couple of days when it comes to eye-catching French wins uploaded to Strava. After Romain Bardet’s 212km slog comes Warren Barguil’s 105km (65-mile) Bastille Day effort, in which he seemed to spend the majority of his time attacking.

The short route meant a more aggressive pace than normal for this kind of terrain. Barguil averaged 37.3km/h (23.2mph) – this despite 2,330m (7,644ft) of vertical gain and spending the majority of his day riding in a small group.

Appropriately enough, considering he’s wearing the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey, Barguil also picked up a few KoMs along the way.

He covered the 5.5km 7% Col de Latrape in 14 minutes when he first set off on his quest for mountain points.

While the 10.1km 8% Col d’Agnes eluded him – instead being snaffled by Michal Kwiatkowski – he was quickest over the main part of the descent, averaging near enough 60km/h.

Technically, he was also briefly KoM for the long climb from Massat to Col de Peguere, as Romain Bardet only snatched it from him a couple of minutes later.

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bstock [12 posts] 1 week ago
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