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Now THAT's a Strava KOM - Paul Voss posts polka-dot winning Tour de France ride

Bora-Argon 18 rider leads mountains classification after yesterday's opener...

Paul Voss of Bora-Argon 18 was the first rider to lay claim to a jersey at this year’s Tour de France, getting into yesterday’s break and leading the race over the two categorised climbs to ensure he would be in the polka-dot jersey today.

The German is one of around three dozen riders who uploaded their data to Strava afterwards, with Voss achieving a maximum power output of 1,007 Watts and an average speed of 43.8kph.

Here’s his data, plus links below to some of the other men who shared their opening stage on the ride-sharing network, including LottoNL-Jumbo’s George Bennett who was involved in the crash in the final sprint.

Some are quite creative with their descriptions, and the word “stress” appears regularly – others just stick with the defaults.

John Degenkolb – 2016-07-02 12:51:36

Laurens ten Dam – First stage done and dusted!

Marcus Burghardt – 1. Stage Tour de France hectic and nervous like always nice to see Paul Voss in the Mountain Jersey

Oliver Naesen – Lunch Ride

Adam Yates – tdf 1

Adrien Petit – Etape 1: bloqué par la chute au 5kms

Daryl Impey – Tour de France '16 stage 1 - Stress!

Greg Henderson – Stage 1 TDF. One of the scariest bunch sprints I've had to lead out

Michael Valgren – TDF1 - My brakes are fine. Happy about that #stress

Peter Stetina – TdF st1. stressful like only fresh legs at TdF can be

George Bennett – 2016-07-02 12:34:43

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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