Recover
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
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10 stages down. Finally the riders have a day to truely rest and recover. Today’s post covers perhaps the most essential physical rest day routine:massage.

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During the Tour de France, Martin Elmiger has a few opportunities to truly relax. Like the rest of the riders competing in the three-week race, he spends long days in the saddle and puts his body through hell, rain and pain.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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This is precisely why Martin’s daily massage is crucial. He depends on his physiotherapist and masseur, Carina, to make sure that after the session is up, he feels fresh or better from bruises and ready for another racing day.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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The Rest Day is always the moment she uses to deeply rebuild rider’s body and to keep one of Switzerland’s best stage racers in a good shape.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Relaxation is the key; aside from the physical benefits of the massage, the mental aspect is equally important. Riders come and bring their own music to the table; sometimes they chat with Carina, sometimes they sleep.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

Quote of the day

I really like the mental aspect in the job. You can chat on various topics, the closest you are with them; the better it is to understand each personality and this is a real key to manage them to truly relax. That’s really challenging.

—Carina Kirssi
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