The Strava data: Kirchmair rules in Soudet and Pogacar, in Marie Blanque

The Tour de France faces this Wednesday its first contact with the high mountains in the first of the two stages of the Pyrenees on the way to Larunsin a journey of great memories for Tadej Pogacar.

The ex-professional Kirchmair commands the tough Soudet

The first major port to climb the Tour de France in this edition will be a colossus like the Col du Soudet, the first Hors Categorie port of this Tour with its 15.2 kilometers at 7.2% in which they will have to face a total of 1,065 meters of positive unevenness.

Strava relief map of the climb to Col de Soudet, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.
Strava relief map of the climb to Col de Soudet, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.Strava

A somewhat unknown port for professionals and also for amateurs on Strava, since only 3,506 athletes have dared to climb for a total of 4,231 attempts. A climb to the Soudet in which professionals tend to go up on average at 50:52, while amateurs do it at 1:28.05, almost 40 minutes slower.

The Austrian ex-professional Stefan Kirchmair, who was a member of the Tirol ranks and who is currently the world and European Gran Fondo champion, as well as the champion of L’Étape du TDF in 2022, has the KOM or best time on Strava in the summit of Soudet since August 15, 2015 with a record of 47:04 at an average of 19.2 km/h, improving by almost two minutes the time of other runners who ascended the pass when it was passed in La Vuelta in 2016 on the way to Aubisque. For her part, the cyclist Lyndsey Cassie has the QOM or best women’s time on the climb to Soudet since June 28, 2023 with a record of 1:01:07 at an average of 14.8 km / h.

Jungels has the best time in Ichère

The second climb of the day will be the preview of the decisive climb to Marie Blanque: the Col d’Ichère, third category with its 4.2 kilometers at 7% where they will face a positive difference of 275 meters.

Strava relief map of the climb to Col d'Ichère, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.
Strava relief map of the climb to Col d’Ichère, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.Strava

A climb that, like the Soudet, is also somewhat unknown to professionals and amateur cyclists on Strava, since it a total of 3,058 athletes have dared with it for a total of 7,597 attempts. Professionals usually complete the ascent in 13:23, while amateurs complete it on average in 20:11.almost 7 minutes slower.

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The Luxembourgish cyclist from Bora-Hansgrohe Bob Jungels has the KOM or best time of the climb on Strava since September 6, 2020, when he passed the Tour de France of that edition, with a record of 10:46 at an average of 24 .3km/h, while the QOM or best women’s time is for the French cyclist Coline Vincent since May 22, 2022 with a time of 14:29 at an average of 18 km/h.

Pogacar, king of Marie Blanque in his first victory in the Tour

But without a doubt, the great moment of the first day in the Pyrenees will be the last great port of the day, the Col de Marie Blanque, first class with its 7.7 kilometers at 8.6% that will crown 18 kilometers from the finish line, in which cyclists must ascend a drop of 661 meters.

Strava relief map of the climb to the Col de Marie Blanue, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.
Strava relief map of the climb to Col de Marie Blanque, which will be climbed in the fifth of the 2023 Tour de France.Strava

A climb to the Col de Marie Blanque that is much more used by professionals and amateurs on Strava, since a total of 7,660 athletes have dared with it for a total of 45,463 attempts. Professionals usually complete the climb in an average time of 31:10, while amateurs climb it in 45:38.almost 14 minutes slower.

A climb up Marie Blanque that brings back great memories for Tadej Pogacar. The Slovenian cyclist from the UAE Emirates has the KOM or best time on Strava since September 6, 2020 with a record of 22:24 at an average of 20.7 km/h in a stage in which he challenged Primoz for the first time Roglic on Tour of France and in which he achieved his first victory in the Tour after winning the reduced sprint of favorites at the Laruns finish line. for his part Ane Mitxelena has the QOM or best women’s time on the climb to Marie Blanque since August 17, 2019 with a time of 32:00 at an average of 14.5 km/h. We will see if Pogacar is once again the protagonist in the demanding climb to Marie Blanque, where the legend of the Slovenian started in the Tour de France.

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