The Strava data: Bernal rules in El Vivero and Van Aert, in Pike Bidea

The Tour de France starts rolling this Saturday along the roads of Euskadi after the great start in Bilbao and will do so with one of the toughest opening stages in recent years on a route full of heights and in which stand out the first two major segments of this edition of the Tour on Strava: the Vivero and the new Pike Bidea.

Bernal rules in El Vivero

In his approach to Bilbao to return to the city in the final stretch of the stage, the peloton will have to face a cycling classic from Bizkaia: the climb to El Vivero, second category with its 4.2 kilometers at 7.3% and a positive slope of 294 meters, and habitual in the last arrivals of La Vuelta to the Biscayan capital.

Strava relief map of the climb to El Vivero, which will be climbed in the first stage of the 2023 Tour de France.
Strava relief map of the climb to El Vivero, which will be climbed in the first stage of the 2023 Tour de France.Strava

A total of 1,686 athletes have dared to climb on Strava for a total of 52,511 attempts. While amateurs take an average of 18:51 to complete the climb, professionals complete it in 11:48.

A stop at El Vivero in which the KOM or best time on Strava corresponds to a Tour de France champion like Egan Bernal. The Colombian cyclist from Ineos achieved his record on March 14, 2018 during a training session with a time of 9:01 and an average speed of 27.6 km/h. For its part, the QOM or best female time has been held by the Australian triathlete Charlotte McShane since May 20, 2017 with a record of 13:56 at an average of 17.9 km/h.

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Van Aert takes the KOM from Sean Bennett at Pike Bidea

More unknown to the general public is the climb to Pike Bidea, where everything indicates that the race could be broken before the rapid descent to Bilbao, and that it has become a classic on the Getxo Circuit. This new climb to Pike Bidea is classified as third category with its 2 kilometers of ascent at 10% of average slope and 183 meters of unevenness.

Strava relief map of the climb to Pike Bidea, which will be climbed in the first stage of the 2023 Tour de France.
Strava relief map of the climb to Pike Bidea, which will be climbed in the first stage of the 2023 Tour de France.Strava

1,670 athletes have completed the climb on Strava for a total of 5,634 attempts registered on the social network. An ascent that Amateurs usually complete it in 11:47 on average, while professionals who have uploaded it usually do so in 7:09.

The American Sean Bennett, retired at the end of last season, had until this Friday the KOM or best time of the climb to Pike Bidea on Strava with a record of 5:26 at an average of 20.6 km/h at the Getxo Circuit held on July 31 of last year. And we say I had to This Friday, during the reconnaissance of the climb together with his Jumbo-Visma teammates, the Belgian cyclist Wout Van Aert improved his time by 14 seconds, stopping the clock in 5:12 at an average speed of 21.5 km/h. For its part, the QOM or best women’s time is for Paola Esp├ęs since July 31, 2021 with a time of 8:01 at an average of 14 km/h. We will see if the peloton manages to beat these records in a climb to Pike Bidea that aims to surprise the world of cycling.

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