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Middaugh, Button win XTERRA Quebec Josiah Middaugh and Katie Button captured the XTERRA Quebec off-road triathlon elite titles at Lac Delage in Quebec, Canada. It’s the first win of the season for Middaugh, his second in a row in Quebec, and the 35th major victory of his storied career. For Button, it’s her second XTERRA […] The post Middaugh, Button Win XTERRA Quebec appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
Strava is a great way to track your fitness, see what your friends are up to, find new routes and to ogle at the physical feats of pro riders. Here are nine of the very best pro road cyclists to follow this Tour de France. Best cycling apps — 16 of the best iPhone and Android apps to download MyWindsock takes Strava nerdiness to the next level Strava tips: 20 of the best Before I start, I should warn you that no matter how strong you think your emotional constitution is, following any one of these pros is bound to give you a serious inferiority complex — the numbers and miles these riders put out is frankly ridiculous, and your ‘dedicated’ 10 hours a week of training will pale in comparison to their monstrous days out. Consider yourself warned. What pro cyclists are on Strava? Most WorldTour riders use Strava (a comprehensive list of pros can be found on Strava itself), but many seem to use it sporadically or have gone on a hiatus from the platform. With this in mind, I have only included riders who use Strava regularly. Unfortunately that means Julian Alaphillippe, the current holder of the yellow jersey at the time of writing, doesn’t make the cut. He’s a Strava member but doesn’t upload. Maybe if enough of us slip into his DMs we can convince him to start uploading his rides again? Anyway, in no particular order, here are the top nine pros I recommend you follow on Strava during the 2019 Tour de France. Romain Bardet AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet is one of the best climbers at this year’s Tour and is a keen Strava user. His 95-page KOM closet is well worth a look. Thibaut Pinot Thibaut Pinot is another French climber to regularly upload to Strava and took the KOM on the ascent of La Planche des Belles Filles on stage six. The Groupama–FDJ rider scaled the 5.82km ascent, which averages 9%, in just 16:57 minutes. Thibaut Pinot regularly uploads his rides to Strava. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Michal Kwiatkowski Team Ineos rider and former world road champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, is a Strava nut (photo uploads included) and, unusually, often leaves his power data intact. Richie Porte Richie Porte is one of the GC contenders to upload to Strava. The Tasmanian came into the race with big ambitions but lost 1:40 minutes in the crosswinds of stage 10. Richie Porte came into the 2019 Tour with big GC ambitions. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Tejay van Garderen EF Education First is the most social media-savvy team in the UCI WorldTour, but only a handful of its riders upload their rides to Strava. Luckily one of those riders is Tejay van Garderen, a fine all-rounder who has twice finished in the top-five of the Tour de France. Van Garderen came into this year’s race in red-hot form, having finished second at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, but had to abandon after crashing on stage 7. George Bennett Girona-based antipodean and Team Jumbo-Visma rider George Bennett is another regular Strava user who tends to leave his juicy power numbers attached to his rides — the Kiwi put out an average of 365 watts on La Planche des Belles Filles. He also uploads photos from his training rides. Wout van Aert Cyclocross superstar Wout van Aert has made quite the splash at this year’s Tour, winning stage 10 in spectacular style in a sprint against Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan. Wout van Aert took stage 10 in spectacular style, out-sprinting Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan by the narrowest of margins. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Thomas De Gendt Want to know what it takes to win a stage and a combativity award at the Tour de France? Thomas De Gendt is your man, providing data from that sensational solo victory on stage 8. Daryl Impey Daryl Impey is one of Mitchelton-Scott’s best riders as illustrated by his win — his first at Le Tour — on stage 9. He also gets a gold star from me for actually naming his ride. Daryl Impey took his first Tour de France victory on stage 9 Zac Williams/SWPix.com I’m sure there are plenty of riders I have missed. I’d love to hear your suggestions for riders of all disciplines in the comments.
Matteo Trentin will ride this special-edition Addict RC at the 2019 Tour de France. Kristof Ramon Trentin was crowned the European Champion in 2018. Kristof Ramon The heart of the new bike is the Syncros Creston IC SL cockpit. Kristof Ramon The cockpit allows Scott to route all cables internally. Kristof Ramon Pirelli is the tyre sponsor for the team. Kristof Ramon The new bike uses a funky ultra lightweight seat clamp instead of the more common wedge style clamp seen on many aero-focussed bikes. Kristof Ramon This guy doesn’t care that the new Addict is disc only. Kristof Ramon The rest of the Mitchelton-Scott team will ride bikes in its typical yellow and black livery. Kristof Ramon Matteo Trentin — the current European road champion and a team Mitchelton-Scott rider — is riding a rather special edition version of the all-new Scott Addict RC for the 2019 edition of the Tour de France. Painted in a handsome blue finish, the bike has been painted to commemorate the Italian’s win at the European Championships in Glasgow last year. The rest of the team will be riding bikes finished in the team’s classic black and yellow colour scheme. New Scott Addict RC | disc-only and ludicrously clean looks Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what? Matteo Trentin’s 2019 Tour de France Scott Addict RC specs Frame: Addict RC Pro Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9160 Cockpit: Syncros Creston iC SL Wheelset: Shimano C40 Tyres: Pirelli Zero Saddle: Syncros Torfino Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 The cockpit allows Scott to route all cables internally Kristof Ramon The Syncros — Scott’s in-house components and accessories brand — Creston iC SL cockpit has been painted to match the rest of Trentin’s bike. This one-piece integrated cockpit is a key part of the Addict, allowing Scott to hide absolutely all cables internally. The saddle and seatpost also come courtesy of Syncros, with Trentin’s preferred perch being a Syncros Torfino. As a key sponsor of the team, it should come as no surprise that Trentin’s bike is dripping with all manner of Shimano finery, including its Dura-Ace R9160 Di2 groupset and C40 wheels. This guy doesn’t care that the new Addict is disc only Kristof Ramon One thing you won’t see on the Trentin’s bike is rim brakes because the new Addict is disc only. While we expect to see many riders onboard the new bike, Mitchelton-Scott riders also have the Foil aero bike to choose from for flatter stages. Be sure to click through the gallery above for all of the juicy details!
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