On July 6, the world’s leading cyclists started the Tour de France. To perform well, cyclists need power, stamina – and the right equipment. Racing bikes are lightweight and durable thanks to components made of high-performance materials, such as Tepex® from LANXESS.
This year the Tour de France starts in Brussel, Belgium. Three weeks later, on July 27, the grand finale will take place on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Throughout the 3,500-kilometer-long race, cyclists perform at unbelievable levels and exert power on the pedals. That’s what enables the frontrunners, in around 20 to 40 minutes, to exert values of 5.8 to 6 watt per kilogram of bodyweight. Something last year’s victor Geraint Thomas is capable of. At his weight, that’s the equivalent of 417 watts.