Tadej Pogačar claims Kwaremont-Paterberg Strava KOM in Tour of Flanders romp

The two-time Tour de France winner took a host of Strava trophies in Flanders on Sunday

Tadej Pogacar riding on a cobbled climb with his Strava file added in a box
(Image credit: Getty / Strava)

The race-winning Strava file from Sunday’s Tour of Flanders shows Tadej Pogačar bagged a handful of KOMs, including the paired segment of the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg.

So fast was the Slovenian’s ride that it was briefly flagged on the ride-sharing app, to question whether he might have broken the platform’s guidelines. His times have since been accepted to the leaderboards, and reveal the extent of his dominance as he added a third Monument to his palmarès. 

Although his race-winning move came on the penultimate climb, Pogačar's KOM achievements were earned earlier in the day. He bagged four new Strava trophies when he launched a stinging attack with 55km to go, powering away to bridge across to the leading group. 

Tadej Pogacar's strava achievements from Tour of Flanders 2023

(Image credit: Strava)

Steered onto the Oude Kwaremont by his team-mate Rui Oliveira, the duo became the joint holders of the 640m ‘Oude Kwaremont until pavé’ segment, averaging 43.7km/h into the foot of the climb. 

The Slovenian then rampaged up the cobbled street, claiming the ‘Oude Kwaremont Pt1’ segment, and the full climb of the ‘Oude Kwaremont’. On the latter, which is hidden from Pogačar's ride, the eventual race winner clocked four minutes and 29 seconds, toppling Kasper Asgreen’s 2021 time by four seconds. 

From there, Pogačar's Strava blitz continued onto the Paterberg. For the 5.39km ‘Oude Kwaremont + Paterberg’ segment, he averaged 37.6km/h, recording a time of eight minutes and 36 seconds. This puts him on par at the top of the leaderboard with his compatriot Jan Tratnik, now of Jumbo-Visma, who went the same speed during last year’s race. 

Leaderboard for Oude Kwarement-Paterberg Strava segment

Leaderboard for the 'Oude Kwaremont + Paterberg' Strava segement

(Image credit: Strava)

According to ProCyclingStats, this year’s men’s race broke records as the fastest-ever edition of the Tour of Flanders. Pogačar's winning time saw him become the first rider to average in excess of 44km/h over the course, beating the previous record of 43.576km/h, held by Gianluca Bortolami since 2001. 

The race’s high speed comes in part due to its lightning-quick start, in which the peloton covered almost 100km in the first two hours. 

Two-time Tour de France champion Pogačar will next be in action at the Ardennes Classics, and is expected to take the start line at the trio of Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liege later this month. 

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Tom Davidson
News and Features Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.