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Our Tour de France Strava ride of day on Stage 4 – Oliver Naesen

IAM Cycling rider was in the break that spent more than 200km ahead of the peloton

IAM Cycling’s Oliver Naesen got into the four-man break on yesterday’s Stage 4 of the Tour de France with the quartet riding hard after escaping with 15km gone and spending more than 200km out in front before being swept up with 7km remaining.

At 237.5km it was the longest stage of the race and thanks to his exploits Naesen, one of nearly three dozen riders who are uploading their data daily to Strava, is our pick for Strava Tour de France ride of the day, with his stats showing an average power output of 250 watts over nearly six hours.

Given such a long day in the saddle, we can forgive the Belgian rider for getting the stage number wrong on his upload.

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The stage was won by Marcel Kittel of Etixx-Quick Step whose team mate, Iljo Keisse, also uploaded details of his ride to Strava, showing that in the final 8km the peloton had an average speed of 46.1km.

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Around one in six of the Tour’s riders are uploading their data to Strava after each stage; here is our highly unofficial list of classification leaders among those using the ride-sharing network.

Overall: Wilco Keldermann, LottoNL-Jumbo (14)

Points: Edward Theuns, Trek Segafredo (7)

Mountains: Jasper Stuyven, Trek Segafredo (1)

Young rider: Wilco Keldermann, LottoNL-Jumbo (3)

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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