A decade ago it was impossible to know exactly the sort of effort that the pro riders exert during stages of Grand Tours. With the advent of ride sharing service Strava it’s now really easy to see the speed and power that the riders put into every day of a three-week race.
There are quite a number of Giro d’Italia riders logging each day’s efforts on Strava, so we’ve selected 10 to check out online.
1. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal)
Stage five winner André Greipel is a Strava regular, logging pretty much every race and training ride he does. What we particularly appreciate is that the German sprint powerhouse doesn’t rename his rides, so stage four of the Giro is simply called ‘Lunch ride’ – as if!
2. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)
Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk placed third on stage four of the Giro – the one with the tough finish that everyone underestimated. Kruijswijk managed to claim the KOM for that climb (Fortino), averaging 15mph (24kmh) on its eight per cent gradient.
>>> Steven Kruijswijk on Strava
3. Ian Boswell (Team Sky)
No ‘Afternoon ride’ here – Sky’s American Ian Boswell can be relied upon for creative names for his Strava rides. So far in the Giro we’ve had ‘Disco Devil’ (stage one), ‘I love the Netherlands’ (stage two), ‘The hour is getting late’ (stage three) and ‘Onions’ (stage four).
4. Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin)
Chad Haga was one of the Giant-Alpecin riders who was hit by a car driver during a training ride in January. He ended up with severe cuts to his neck and face that required over 90 stitches. Amazingly, he’s recovered and is at the Giro, and is riding well.
5. Christian Knees (Team Sky)
German Christian Knees is a stalwart of Sky’s Grand Tour teams, a dependable worker who is relied upon to put in a solid turn for his leader. What’s fun is that Knees has signed up to Strava’s ‘Giro d’Italia Climbing Challenge’, where riders are awarded a badge if they climb 21,000 metres during the duration of the race. It’s supposed to be for people not actually in the race…
6. Bob Jungels (Trek-Segafredo)
Emerging Luxembourg talent Bob Jungels is one of the riders to watch in this year’s Giro, currently positioned second overall behind race leader Tom Dumoulin (after stage five). Despite finishing seventh, Jungels holds the Strava KOM for the Giro’s opening time trial in Apeldoorn, clocking an average speed of 33.6mph (54kmh).
7. Nathan Brown (Cannondale)
Twenty-four-year-old Nathan Brown is taking part in his second Giro, having made his debut last year. His 14 pages of Strava KOMs show that he’s a Strava regular – will he add many more during the Giro?