Faster than Contador, Froome and Pogacar: Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro puts down an absolute blast on 'hard' side Mont Ventoux

Ruben Guerreiro, a name to be reckoned with in this year’s Tour de France. The 27-year-old Portuguese from EF Education – Nippo won the one-day race Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge on Tuesday and flew up the Mont Ventoux in an amazing time.

Jonas Withouck

In 58 minutes and 36 seconds Guerreiro was on top of Mont Ventoux via Bédoin, the ‘hard’ side of the legendary 21.3 kilometer climb at an average gradient of 7.46 percent. That is, he drove uphill at an average speed of more than 22 kilometers per hour. Phenomenal.

With this achievement, Guerreiro is the second best Portuguese climber ever on the Ventoux after Candido Barbosa, who caused a furore on the bike in the 90s and 2000s. In a road race, Guerreiro’s time is even the third best time ever. Only the Italian Marco Pantani (1994) and the Spaniard Miguel Angel Lopez (2021) ever rode up faster during a road race.

In time trials there is – of course – sometimes even faster to the top, but ex-Tour winners such as Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Tadej Pogacar have never (yet) recorded a faster time during a race on Mont Ventoux.

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Last year Wout van Aert won the Tour stage from the early break with arrival at Mont Ventoux, but it was Jonas Vingegaard who set the fastest time on the climb via Bédoin. The Dane took 59 minutes and 15 seconds. Also a top time, but 40 seconds slower than Guerreiro’s.

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