Kevin Reza
Professional cyclists go down mountains pretty fast. Speeds exceeding 100 kph are not uncommon but at the Tour de Suisse the descent of Simplon Pass saw some exceed speeds few would dare to go.

Let alone the nerves it would take, reaching 135 kph isn’t easy on the bike but the descent on Stage 5 provided some the rare opportunity to push their gut and equipment to the limit.

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While Simplon Pass was still 100 km out from the line, Kévin Reza of FDJ posted a shot of his Garmin post race indicating that he had hit a max speed of 135.44 kph on the descent. His caption read, “In short, I was frightened.”

Reza was not alone in reaching insane speeds on the descent. Marcus Burghardt of Bora-Hansgrohe hit a max speed of 126 kph.

When the race sped into Cevio it was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the win ahead of Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors).

The Tour de Suisse is not entirely foreign to riders hitting some pretty insane speeds. Last year, Ion Izaguirre reached a max speed of 112 kph on his time trial bike on the Stage 9 individual test against the clock. At least this time, the riders were on their road bikes as they navigated the high-speed descent.


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