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What does it take to lead the peloton at the world championships? We sent Connor Swift to find out!

Thanks to data recorded by his Shimano Dura-Ace power meter and Garmin 1030, we can show you just how hard he worked to record an historic effort against the world’s best.

Logging over five hours, 128-miles and 11,500-feet of climbing, Connor’s effort came to an end as he led the peloton over the main climb for the fourth time.

We delve into Swift’s Strava to show you the superhuman efforts he put down to help the British team.

It’s often said that the first part of a road race is the hardest – and the World Championships are no exception.

Connor started his day out in the peloton as the early break was established.

This equated to nine minutes at an average of 445-watts. Just try holding that for more than one minute on your next ride…

With the break established, it was time for some recovery and the peloton took their chance!

For over an hour, Connor rolled through Innsbruck at a casual 144-watts and an average heartrate of 110bpm.

That’s roughly the equivalent of walking to the local shops.

Racing resumed as the riders entered the finishing circuit and took on the main climb for the first time.

Of the four ascents the Connor made, his first three recorded average powers of around 360-370-watts.

On his fourth climb, Connor really laid down the power, putting out 410-watts for over 16-minutes.

All the more impressive, this came following over four hours of racing.

With his job done, Connor completed a final lap and left it to the pure climbers to fight for the title.

A good block of training in the bank, next stop for the British champion is Munsterland and Paris Tours with Dimension Data!

For more amazing insights, be sure to give Connor a follow on Strava.