Yesterday’s TDF stage was just as you would have expected after the smash-fest of two days ago. A big group got away and stayed away, with the only real fireworks from the peloton coming on the final climb of the day – Alpe d’Huez.
The fastest time that I could find on Strava for yesterday’s climb was Sepp Kuss, at 39:21, which is an astonishing 21.2 kph up a 14 km climb that has an average gradient of nearly 8%. There are people out there who couldn’t hold that speed on a flat road.
To give some perspective on the difference between mere mortals and pros, the fastest rider we had on our Etape tour last week (riding the exact same stage) was 1:24, or 9.9 kph. And this guy finished in the top 10% of the event! The slowest took a full 3 hours.