RIDERS YOU SHOULD WATCH IN 2020

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Strava has given us all the opportunity to gain extra insight into the effort that the professional riders put into racing.

With statistics for speed, distance, power and more, it’s easier than ever to follow every pedal stroke that riders make in the biggest races.

More and more pro riders are joining Strava, with a record number of cyclists from all over the world logging their rides online. Here we present a list of the best pro riders to follow Strava:

Annemiek van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten has done some staggering training rides this year (Photo by Alex Whitehead-Pool/Getty Images)

If you want to see some staggering numbers on Strava, start with Annemiek van Vleuten.

The Dutch superstar is known for her insane training regime that makes her one of the best riders in the women’s peloton.

Whether it’s training with the Mitchelton-Scott’s men’s squad or putting up some enormous distances at altitude, Van Vleuten is sure to inspire anyone to get out on the bike

Egan Bernal

Everyone wants to follow the progress of a rising superstar, and Egan Bernal looks to be the future of bike racing.

The Colombian is a regular on Strava and posts from the unfamiliar roads and altitude of his home nation.

Velofacts also recently found that Bernal has actually notched up the most distance of any active pro on Strava.

Lucinda Brand

Lucinda Brand has signed with Trek-Segafredo (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Dutch rider Lucinda Brand will be well known to both road riders and cyclocross fans alike, but it’s her cyclocross exploits that are the real attraction to her Strava account.

Brand uploads data from her cross races, including heart-rate data which is pretty fascinating.

Alex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett at the Yorkshire World Championships 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

If it’s the numbers you’re interested in, check out Alex Dowsett’s account.

The British time trial star not only shares his regular power numbers through Strava, he also posts screengrabs from his Training Peaks to give even more insight into what it takes to lead out for a star sprinter or race against the clock in a time trial.

Elisa Longo Borghini

Elisa Longo Borghini wins Emakumeen Bira 2019 (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini is a regular uploader to the social media for athletes and she is a QoM machine.

Check out her rides around the picturesque landscapes of northern Italy.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome is back on Strava (Picture: Instagram/@ChrisFroome/Strava)

Chris Froome has a sporadic relation with Strava, disappearing for long periods only to return with jaw-dropping stats a few months later. While he often skips Strava during the key race months of the year, most notably the Tour de France, in the early season the four-time Tour winner posts his training rides which are guaranteed to blow some minds.

 

André Greipel

Andre Greipel at the 2020 Schwalbe Classic (Sunada)

André Greipel is an active Strava user and is well worth a follow for anyone interested in the top-end wattage.

Griepel’s huge power output can be tracked through his account and he includes his data from races so you can see his maximum power in a sprint finish.

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet at the Tour de France 2019 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

French Grand Tour star Romain Bardet is a regular poster on Strava. While his account flicks between being private and public, if you get the chance follow Bardet make sure you do it for a glimpse into the brutal regime of a three-week racer.

 

Alexander Kristoff

Alexander Kristoff looked to be back to his old self this Classics season (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The highlight of Alexander Kristoff‘s Strava is the profile picture of him looking very dapper in a dinner jacket. He’s one of few words, rarely changing the generic ‘lunch ride’ or ‘morning ride’ title. While Kristoff doesn’t share all his data on his rides, the Norwegian is worth a follow for his huge distances in tough, cold conditions in his home country.

Michał Kwiatkowski

Michał Kwiatkowski on stage four of the Tour de France (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

One of the most interesting riders to follow on Strava, Kwiatkowski has clocked up plenty of kilometers over the last couple of months. An essential domestique for Chris Froome and a Classics star himself, Kwiatkowski usually strips out the power data from his rides but gave us a treat with his 2017 Milan-San Remo win as he left it in to let us gawk at his huge numbers.

 

Laurens ten Dam

Laurens ten Dam in his final ever race at Il Lombardia 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Laurens ten Dam may have retired from WorldTour racing, but he is still out on the road with his regular training partners to keep the kilometres flowing. The Dutchman plans to continue riding alternative events in his retirement, so keep up with his Strava to see how he progresses in the world of gravel and mountain biking.

 

Chad Haga

Chada Haga at the 2019 Giro d’Italia (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

American Chad Haga is a strong time triallist and more importantly a very interesting personality. Haga is a good follow for anyone looking for consistent posting with all the data you could want.

Sir Dave Brailsford

Geraint Thomas and Dave Brailsford (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Okay, so not a pro, but Team Ineos principal Sir Dave Brailsford is definitely worth following on Strava.

The legendary team boss racks up consistent rides and is no slouch on the pedals.  The only question his Strava raises is how does he have time to ride so much while running the best Grand Tour team of recent years.