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Our Tour de France Strava ride of day on Stage 5 – Thomas De Gendt

Looks like Greg Van Avermaet was too busy with other things to upload his data

It's happened to us all. You've done  one of the rides of your life, you've told everyone about it, perhaps even had a little celebration afterwards ... and you clean forget to upload it to Strava.

That's what we're guessing happened to BMC Racing's Greg Van Avermaet yesterday after winning Stage 5 with a fine solo display that also saw him take the race leader's yellow jersey from Tinkoff's Peter Sagan.

As one of the pros who have been uploading their data to Strava during the race, the Belgian was a no-brainer for our latest Strava Tour de France ride of the day - but in the absence of his data, it goes instead to his compatriot and fellow escapee, Thomas De Gendt.

The Lotto-Soudal rider finished second  on the stage to Van Avermaet, who had dropped him on the Col du Perthus, but De Gendt had the consolation of moving into the polka dot jersey as leader of the points classification. Here's his data.

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. Their actual placings are in brackets.

Overall: Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing (1)

Points: Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing (6)

Mountains: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) (1)

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

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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