One Tour legacy that few people spoke about was the Strava KOMs that the peloton took
- Thibaut Pinot puts Grinton Moor on the shelf
- Russell Downing held on to Holme Moss
The Tour de France in Yorkshire has brought many benefits to the region, although some of the local riders might be a little miffed at losing their hard earned Strava KOMs. Several riders in the Tour’s peloton upload their race data to the site, and consequently take over the leaderboards on roads that few UK riders get to race over.
Frenchman Thibaut Pinot took every KOM on Grinton Moor last Saturday during stage one when the peloton split after the climb’s pinch-point in the crosswinds.
The Strava leaderboard on Grinton Moor is now dominated by Tour riders, suggesting it was one of the points on the stage where the pressure was on.
Belkin’s Laurens ten Dam took the Strava KOM on the Cote de Oughtibridge – more commonly known as Jaw Bone Hill – that featured towards the end of stage two in Sheffield.
Ten Dam has also been awarded the KOM for Buttertubs on stage one, although Strava’s leaderboard curently still has the mysterious JP at the top.
The local hill-climbers will be happy that there were some climbs on which the Tour’s peloton was obviously taking it a little easier. Not a single rider featured in the top ten of the segments on Cragg Vale (Britain’s longest continuous ascent) while NFTOs Russell Downing held on to most of the Holme Moss KOMs despite a concerted effort from Marcus Burghart who was quickest of the Tour riders up the famous climb.