Pogacar, new king of Pike Bidea and Jaizkibel on Strava

The passage of the Tour de France through the Basque Country in the first three stages of this edition leaves us, in addition to the spectacular images of the public wrapping up the runners on the Basque roads, a big achiever when it comes to Strava highlights segments on the course: Tadej Pogacar.

A Pogacar that has already won over the public in the team presentation with its “¡Aupa Bilbao! Whoops Athletic! Go Euskadi!” which earned him recognition from Athletic with the gift of a shirt and the applause of all those present both at that moment and on the roads, as he demonstrated in the first two stages.

And it is that on the opening day Pogacar managed to get the KOM in the very hard climb to Pike Bidea, since he completed the 2 kilometers of climb at 10% in a time of 4:41 at an average of 23.9 km/h, shattering the time set by Wout Van Aert just a day earlier. A climb to Pike Bidea in which the great performance of Victor Lafay also stood outwho managed to resist against Pogacar himself and Jonas Vingegaard to achieve the second best time with 4:42, just one second behind the Slovenian, and at 23.8 km/h.

A Pogacar who, not happy with this, also took the KOM on the other mythical peak that the Tour climbed in Euskadi in the second stage on the way to San Sebstián: Jaizkibel, with its 8.1 kilometers at 5.3%. A climb in which Pogacar broke the clock with a time of 16:11 at an average of 29.9 km/h, improving by almost 1:30 the previous KOM that the ex-cyclist David López had. A stage in Jaizkibel in which Victor Lafay was the protagonist with his powerful attack one kilometer from the finish line that allowed him to achieve a prestigious victory in San Sebastián with the Kursaal in the background and that makes him, along with Pogacar and Adam Yates, the great winner of the Tour as he passed through Euskadi.

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