A Day in the Life of a Tour de France Rider's Stomach

Here's what 9,000 calories look like
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2010 10:40 AM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2010 11:06 AM CDT
This is a Thursday, July 27, 2006 file photo of former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, eats a piece of coconut cream pie.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – Three weeks, 2,200 miles, and a few mountains: Clearly, a few Clif bars won't hack it for Tour de France riders. LiveScience takes a look at how, and what, Lance Armstrong et al eat on race days:

  • For starters, they eat often, about 6 times a day: twice before, once during, and three times after their ride.
  • The grand total? About 9,000 calories.

  • A sample breakfast is coffee and a banana...plus a croissant, half-a-pound of fruit, and a third of a pound each of pasta and muesli.
  • Riders do a lot more than just bike while racing—they also eat, typically 4 energy bars, four energy gels, a gallon of energy drink, two sandwiches, and two servings of cake.
  • In addition to lots of fruit and yogurt, dinner might include a half-pound each of pasta, vegetables, and chicken.
  • The lucky ducks gets to chow on a third of a pound of chocolate before bed.
  • But are they doping in addition to eating? Click here to find out why Freakonomics author Steven Levitt thinks Floyd Landis is telling the truth about doping.

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