Tour de France power play: How many watts did it take for Thomas De Gendt to take that epic solo win?
Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 A snapshot of the big numbers produced by the Belgian breakaway king en route to Stage 8 victory Stage 8 of the Tour de France will go down as one for the ages. Not only because Gallic duo Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot shot French cycling into life with a swashbuckling attack 12km from the finish but thanks to Thomas de Gendt producing a masterclass in how to win from a breakaway. The Belgian breakaway connoisseur was the first rider to attack on the stage, carving out a gap with fellow break regulars Ben King ( Dimension Data ), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Alessandro De Marchi ( CCC Team ). Throughout the day, he systematically whittled away his rivals, first dropping Terpstra and King before then popping De Marchi less than 15km from the finish. While Alaphilippe and Pinot did their best to ...
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