British rider Adam Yates posts consistently fast times on Strava for all of the climbs during stage two of the Tour de France
Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) has made a solid start to the 2016 Tour de France, staying with the lead group on the tough finale of stage two on Sunday to place 13th – and his ride is now available on Strava for all to see.
Bury rider Yates is one of a large number of Tour riders logging all of their stage performances to Strava, and he managed to out-ride the bunch during some of the day’s climbs.
The 23-year-old sits at or near the top of the leaderboard for several of the day’s Strava segments, showing that he is in good shape as the race heads south after the Grand Départ in Normandy.
According to his overall ride stats for the day, Yates averaged 40.9kmh (25.4mph) over the 183km route with a maximum recorded speed of 86.4kmh (53.7mph).
Yates is now just 14 seconds behind race leader Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) in the Tour’s general classification, where other big contenders such as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC) have already lost time due to crashes and mechanical mishaps.
Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) holds the Strava KOM record for the final Côte de La Glacerie climb, having tackled 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile) the five per cent gradient at an average speed of 33.15kmh (20.6mph).
Prior to the finish, Tour King of the Mountains leader Jasper Stuyven grabbed the Strava KOM titles for the categorised Côte de Torigny-les-Villes, Côte de Montabot and Côte de Montpinchon ascents.
Stuyven later attacked solo from the escape, but stage victory was snatched away from the Belgian as he was caught in the final 500 metres. His consolation was the polka-dot jersey and the award for most combative rider.
The 2016 Tour de France continues on Monday with stage three from Granville to Angers over 223.5km.
The relatively flat profile looks like it will be a day for the bunch sprinters.