Uh oh! I just stole Thibaut Pinot's KOM: how to use maths, mates and modifications to beat a WorldTour hitter

How nerdiness plus a little help from his friends turned a fourth-cat donkey into a WorldTour-level mountain goat... We went after Thibaut Pinot's Strava KOM on a 17km Alpine climb to see if we could knock him off the top spot

Taking Pinot's KOM
(Image credit: David Lewis)

When I first saw the 2022 Tour de France route announcement I was thrilled that the race would be coming through my beautiful little town of Saint Gervais Les Bains - my favourite place on earth. 

As things transpired, I couldn’t get out there for the actual day of the race but Thibaut Pinot did a recon of the stage, taking a number of Strava KOMs (a course record on a particular GPS segment, for the uninitiated) on the way. 

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Tom Epton
Freelance writer

Tom Epton is a freelance writer and data scientist. Originally training as a scientist after completing his studies in physics he realised that cycling was what he wanted to spend his life thinking about. Now he works with manufacturers, athletes and teams using cutting edge data science methods to find performance gains. Tom writes primarily about sport-science and tech!