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by Mark Zalewski
April 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet defies his own expectations: ‘To be honest, I was not expecting to win Roubaix’; Pidcock wins Paris-Roubaix juniors; UnitedHealthcare dominates Alabama Cycling Classic; Naesen gets large share of Paris-Roubaix misfortunes; Moscon happy with Roubaix performance; Roglic eyeing Tour of Romandie after two wins in Pais Vasco; Italian Guardini gets lost after abandoning Paris-Roubaix, ends up on motorway; Strava posts from fastest Paris-Roubaix in history; Canberra cyclists say roads are still safe; Ster ZLM Toer announces route; Video: Celebration from inside the BMC team car; Video: Paris Roubaix wheel change; Video: What is the Madison?.
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) recorded the fastest Paris-Roubaix in history, with an average speed of 45.2kph. The previous record, 45.1kph, was set by Peter Post in 1964. But unlike 1964, fans can now see some of the data files from the pros’s GPS units and dive into more detail.
André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) turned in some impressive power numbers.
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) had a weighted average power of more than 300 watts over the six hours of racing, burning 6,459 calories.
André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) averaged 313 watts, with a peak of 1,670 watts on the first cobbled sector from Troisvilles to Inchy. He had a similar output on the Trouée d’Arenberg with more than 1,500 watts.
Marcus Burghardt (BORA-hansgrohe) was the Strava winner of the day, picking up nine KOMs.
While there was no GPS or power data in 1964, the rough-and-tumble parcours of then was just as bad in 2017. So much so it knocked Van Avermaet’s GPS unit off his bike early in the race, and with it any hopes of seeing his data.
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