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So when they're training they're not consuming carbs? Only when racing?
If they are consuming carbs while training (they are) and during race, how is that a low carb diet? They train/race year round.
Here you go, cauliflower ears:
“To fuel the journey riders need to consume an average of 5,000-plus calories per stage. Maintaining such a huge energy intake is challenging,” says Corinne Mäder, senior sports nutritionist at PowerBar, official sports nutrition partners of the Tour de France for over a decade.