Annemiek Van Vleuten was so fast up the Izoard that only two Tour de France riders could beat her on Strava

Only Warren Barguil and Romain Bardet went faster on Strava

Annemiek Van Vleuten was faster than all but two Tour de France riders up the final five kilometres of the Col d'Izoard

(Image credit: Strava/ASO/Thomas Maheux)

If Annemiek Van Vleuten's attack to win stage one of La Course up the Col d'Izoard wasn't impressive enough, her performance also meant she rode up the final part of the climb faster than the vast majority of male Tour de France riders.

The Orica-Scott rider launched her decisive attack with five kilometres to go to the summit of the hors-categorie, accelerating from 12kph to 23kph in the space of seven seconds to quickly ride away from Lizzie Deignan who had been setting the pace for much of the climb.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1