Think you could keep up with the pros on the pavé? Think again

Some scary stats from Strava for the stage nine pavé

Peter Sagan and Silvan Dillier during Paris-Roubaix 2018.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

It’s always a bit humbling when you see the speeds that pros record on Strava compared to the rest of us.

Now Strava has rubbed it in by crunching the numbers for Strava segments covering three key sectors of the 21.7km of pavé, which is spread over 15 sectors on the route of stage nine. Like the pavé sectors in Paris-Roubaix, the Tour is counting them down from 15 to one as riders approach the stage nine finish line.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.