NUTRITION
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Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ NUMBERS

To get a good idea of what a rider needs, we asked a nutritionist. Two startling things were learned. Firstly, a rider can expend 8000kcal in a day at a Grand Tour, which represents about four times the amount of food most people reading this should consume today. Secondly, each rider will drink around 10 liters per day during the race. Again, that’s 10 liters, per day.

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↥ CORNERSTONE

Thankfully, nutrition has developed immeasurably in the past couple of decades, moving from the old cliché of soggy pasta with bred and spoons of olive oil to a world of doctoral studies and dedicated meal plans. It has become the cornerstone of a rider’s preparation. Without proper nutrition, training is wasted, the body in effect fails.

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A Grand Tour like the Tour de France takes a lot of energy out of a rider. Have you ever considered what it takes for an athlete’s body to recover physical, mentally and emotionally from a 21 stage, 3,500+Km race?

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↥ TOP CHEF

To reach these high quality food standards, teams employ the finest of sport and nutritionist chefs. They manage breakfast lunch and dinner for the staff and riders during the 3 weeks. It is like having your very own Top Chef in your team bus. Not so bad.

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The Pro Peleton is slowly making its way into the mountains. The Tour keeps getting more and more interesting.

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