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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.
Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study -- the highest fat-burning rates under these conditions ever seen by researchers.
Oh, and your TDF riders do not consume 5,000 calories on the bike during the stage. That’s what they eat for each day that they ride.
You can’t consume 5,000 in the amount of time they are riding without vomiting.
You really don’t have any idea what you’re talking about here. You brought a knife to a gun fight.
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