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The Zwift leaderboard: Which pros have ridden the most?

Pro riders on Zwift
(Image credit: NTT Pro Cycling)

In terms of popularity and an active-user base, indoor cycling is seeing its stock rise exponentially at the moment as the cycling world adheres to social-distancing measures in a bid to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

Last week, when Team Ineos organised rider-led group rides, Zwift broke its event participants record when over 15,000 joined Chris Froome, Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas and co. Shortly after, Zwift broke its concurrent-users record with just shy of 35,000 users riding at 9am GMT on Sunday 5th April – more than double the numbers seen in January. 

Team Ineos isn't the only pro team to take to the popular indoor cycling app, though. The best turbo trainers are clearly now fit for the strongest cyclists in the world, as riders from across the peloton – both men's and women’s – are taking to the platform to keep up with their prescribed training plans. 

But who's 'winning' the Zwift race when it comes to kilometres covered? Let's take a look.

3rd place: Tanja Erath (7,068km)

Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) at the 2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) at the 2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

Representing all the women is Canyon-SRAM's German domestique, Tanja Erath. She's put in a solid nine days and six hours' worth of time aboard her turbo trainer, during which she covered 7,068km, which equates to the distance of two Tours de France.

The 30-year-old has climbed an incredible 51,256 metres during her time on Zwift, which is almost six times up Mt Everest, or 474 times up Erath's local climb, the Col De Niederhofen, on which she holds the Strava QOM.

Canyon-SRAM are sponsored by Tacx, so Erath's time in Watopia has been spent aboard the Neo 2T and the team's lightweight road bike, the Canyon Ultimate.

Robert Gesink turbo trainer Andorra Jumbo-Visma coronavirus isolation

With views like these at home in Andorra, we're not surprised that Jumbo-Visma's Robert Gesink has spent so much time on the turbo trainer (Image credit: Robert Gesink / Instagram.com)

2nd place: Robert Gesink (10,644km)

Jumbo Visma's Robert Gesink is possibly Zwift's biggest professional user at the moment. While he doesn't quite take the prize for maximum mileage, he's recently put in a huge block of training, clocking up 2,678km in the last 30 days alone. 

In total, he's ridden 10,644km, which pales in significance to a rider's total annual outdoor mileage, but, nonetheless, he's still pedalled a quarter of the way around the world, without actually going anywhere, while simultaneously earning himself 785 slices of pizza.

That said, with a view like that from his home in Andorra, can you blame him?

He threw down the gauntlet with a huge 250km ride on his Tacx Magnum treadmill trainer, which has since been bested by Astana's Laurens De Vreese, who posted a mammoth 370km. However, that seemingly put the Kazakh off, as he's only ridden once on Zwift since.

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen – pictured winning a stage of the 2019 Tour of Norway – can raise his hands aloft, taking the victory with an enormous 19,353km clocked on Zwift (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

1st place: Edvald Boasson Hagen (19,353km)

With his first win since June 2019, NTT Pro Cycling's Edvald Boasson Hagen can hold his arms aloft once again as he takes the cherry for the most kilometres ridden on Zwift, and he does so by a country mile. Logging 19,353km, the 32-year old has climbed over 200,000 metres during 24 hours of ride time – the majority of which was clocked during the winter of 2018-19, and included some mammoth efforts, including a 212km ride as part of a 780km week in the run-up to Christmas. 

The Norwegian sprinter has a big buffer to play with, but he's not going to risk losing this one. Since half the peloton has turned to Zwift to keep their training on track, Level-44 Boasson Hagen has upped his 'pain-cave' game, dedicating a room in his home to his new Tacx Magnum turbo trainer-cum-treadmill for the NTT group rides.

Honourable mentions

Chris Froome

As part of his ongoing recovery, which Chris Froome himself states is "pretty much complete," the Briton has an underground pain cave to rival the best. His Wahoo Kickr turbo trainer and Kickr Climb are set up with his road bike right next to the same set-up for his time trial bike. Both of these are in a room that has a gaggle of Grand Tour-winning Pinarello road bikes, race-winners' jerseys and a full gym set-up. 

He's putting it to good use, though. Despite only joining Zwift recently, he's logged an incredible 815km in the past week alone. 

Jack Haig

Mitchelton Scott's Jack Haig has taken our preferred approach to Zwift. An entire room dedicated to a turbo trainer might be pro, but there's something about a laptop balanced on an ironing board that adds a bit of magic to an indoor training session.

In fact, with the ironing board and the use of the Honeywell fan, we questioned whether Haig had taken tips from our guide to the cheapest Zwift setup. His response: "I hate ironing and this seems like a much better use for it." 

We can't disagree.

Mat Hayman throws his bike to win the sprint

Remember this iconic moment? Mat Hayman throws his bike to win the sprint at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Mathew Hayman

When Mathew Hayman won Paris-Roubaix in 2016, he did so just six weeks and one day after crashing at that year's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a crash in which he broke the radius in his right arm. During the build-up, Hayman rode in excess of 1,000km on Zwift, recreating the efforts he expected to endure during the upcoming Monument.

He's no longer racing as a pro, but his tally of over 8,600km would have dropped him into third place on our leaderboard.

Read our recent extract about him from Procycling magazine: Shakedown on the Pavé

Willie Smit

When Robert Gesink rode 250km and Laurens De Vreese rode 370km, most cyclists looked on in horror. But Willie Smit raised an eyebrow, followed shortly by a wry smile. At the time of writing, the 27-year-old is coming to the end of a 33-hour, 1,000km ride, which will raise money for the South African federation in developing cycling.

His Zwift total is currently a little over 3,500km but it's rising by the minute.

Geraint Thomas will ride on Zwift for three 12-hour shifts to raise funds for the NHS

Geraint Thomas will ride on Zwift for three 12-hour shifts to raise funds for the NHS (Image credit: Geraint Thomas)

Geraint Thomas

Expect Geraint Thomas' tally to rise considerably this week. The Welshman is riding three 12-hour shifts on Zwift to replicate the 12-hour working days the NHS staff call normal in the UK. The NHS staff, and healthcare staff worldwide, are pivotal in the fight against COVID-19, and Thomas' efforts this week will help to raise vital funds.

The pro Zwift leaderboard
RiderTotal KMLevel
1
Edvald Boasson-Hagen1935344
2
Robert Gesink1064435
3
Mathew Hayman (Retired)860431
4
Tanja Erath706827
5
Jack Haig608027
6
Ben Swift576327
7
Andre Greipel548327
8
Ella Harris 540725
9
Thomas de Gendt534726
10
Mark Cavendish530527
11
Lawson Craddock527326
12
Adam Yates493226
13
Alex Dowsett455024
14
Victor Campernaerts421721
15
Dylan van Baarle412324
16
Simon Clarke352521
17
Willie Smit351625
18
Warren Barguil344820
19
Remco Evenepoel313119
20
Michal Kwiatkowski300019
21
Jasper Stuyven288119
22
Daryl Impey283919
23
Luke Durbridge270318
24
Simon Yates251821
25
George Bennet237019
26
Caleb Ewan228116
27
Mitch Docker227617
28
Greg Van Avermaet224016
29
Michael Matthews216118
30
Wout Poels212118
31
Nicholas Roche211217
32
Esteban Chaves202117
33
Simon Geschke1976
34
Luis Leon Sanchez179917
35
Jai Hindley176215
36
Michael Valgren175715
37
Iljo Keisse1715
38
Hannah Barnes174916
39
Geraint Thomas164016
40
Philippe Gilbert151715
41
Rigoberto Uran136815
42
Chloe Dygart129016
43
Jolien d'Hoore 124012
44
Ellen van Dijk 121112
45
Mike Woods119913
46
Egan Bernal114613
47
Amalie Dideriksen105912
48
Elisa Longo Borghini 88812
49
Chris Froome82512
50
Chantal Blaak 79711
51
Anna van der Breggen68110
52
Mathieu van der Poel4619