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)

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.