Strava stats show just how hard and fast the pros rode on yesterday's brutal Giro d'Italia stage

Most riders hit their highest power numbers in the first five kilometres of the stage

Tom Dumoulin and Nairo Quintana on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada/Strava)

The 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia may not have been long at just 131km, but it was certainly tough, with five categorised including a summit finish in Ortisei, and some pretty amazing stats on Strava for us to ogle over.

As was expected for such a short stage, the racing was fast from the start as a large number of riders attempted to make it into the break.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.