The Giro d'Italia finally delivered some action in the GC group on Stage 16 with a powerful initial attack from Joao Almeida and counter from Geraint Thomas putting huge pressure on Primož Roglič. Almeida took the stage on the same time as Thomas who did perhaps his best climbing performance whilst the Slovenian was rescued by Sepp Kuss to lose 'only' 25 seconds.
UAE-Emirates without Tadej Pogačar is still a force to be reckoned with in WorldTour races. Despite their young superstar Juan Ayuso having a tough day in the leader's jersey, Adam Yates was on fire on one of the longest climbs featured in the UCI calendar. The Briton has had an unlucky start to the year with his new team but danced away from a select GC group on the steep section of Thyon 2000 to take both the stage and the leader's jersey.
Remco Evenepoel and Primož Roglič keep performing at a high level in Volta a Catalunya and today both race favourites pushed the best ᵉw/kg performances of their career (without accounting for altitude, fatigue or heat).
Tadej Pogačar in the early season is unstoppable, today achieving his third stage win in Paris-Nice 2023 and overall victory in the prestigious WorldTour stage race. On the final day on Col d'Eze the Slovenian produced a very good climbing performance, dropping everyone on the short climb and winning by a huge margin.
Tadej Pogačar won his second mountain top finish in the 2023 edition of Paris-Nice, with a convincing effort up Col de la Couillole. David Gaudu and Jonas Vingegegaard tested the Slovenian's legs but they failed to distance the dual Tour de France champion, who won the uphill sprint in customary fashion.
The 2022 cycling season was full of top level climbing performances with many records broken and new climbers bursting onto the scene. The list of Top 10 climbing performances of 2022 was dominated by Evenepoel and Vingegaard but will the same riders dominate the long ascents in WorldTour races in 2023?
Tadej Pogačar continued his winning streak at Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 1, winning it solo after attacking the final climb. It was the fourth consecutive win for the UAE Emirates superstar who previously won Tre Valli Varesine, Il Lombardia and Jaén Paraiso Interior.
After a hard 10 minute climb, the American young talent Matteo Jorgenson did a huge acceleration on the final pinch of Jabal Haat, winning his first pro race and becoming the new GC leader of the Tour of Oman.
The ratio of a rider's watts produced per kilogram of bodyweight (w/kg) is the key metric which determines how fast they can ride uphill. We analyse and compare climbing performances primarily based on estimated w/kg, while also taking into account other factors such as altitude or spent kj/kg/h before the climb. Naturally, many questions regarding our calculation of watts, the accuracy, power meters, etalon standard watts have arisen, which we will try to clarify here.
Le Tour de France features one of the hardest parcours in recent memory, with five mountain-top finishes and a special focus on longer ascents and high altitude. The most decisive climbs of the race, Col du Granon, Alpe d'Huez and Hautacam are all in the 35-40 minute range, a stark contrast to the 2021 edition, in which the race was decided on 25 minute climbs.