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 9 comments Comments 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.