On July 1, 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.
For the first time in twelve years, the Tour de France kicked off in Germany with the grand départ in Düsseldorf. On July 1, the world’s leading cyclists took off in the Rhineland, headed towards Paris. Three weeks later, on July 23, the grand finale will take place there on the Champs-Élysées. 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 Chris Froome is capable of. At his weight, that’s the equivalent of 417 watts.