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Here’s what Tour de France riders are eating for dinner

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Pro cyclists are some of the fittest athletes on the planet, and eating right is critical to their performance. Take the riders in the Tour de France, who are challenged over a grueling 21-stage race mentally and physically in one of sport’s hardest tests, pedaling 2,200 miles around France over extreme terrain and in extreme temperatures.

Even eating becomes a task after a number of days because they have to eat so much, and the food has to be healthy, fresh, and tasty.

So what do the world’s best bike racers eat? We got a look at America’s Cannondale-Drapac team after its nine riders safely completed stage one at Utah Beach in Normandy.

Here’s what they had for dinner, which was prepared by the team’s very own chefs, Sean Fowler and Olga Belenko, a couple who travel to the major races with the team throughout the year:

First, there is juice. It has four ingredients: beet, fennel, carrot, and cucumber. The drink is served with an appetizer, both of which are placed on the table ready to eat so that when the hungry riders show up there is zero waiting.

Personally, I don’t like beets, but Olga told me it didn’t have a strong beet flavor. She offered me a glass, and it tasted more like carrot, and I liked it. The riders were each poured a modest glassful to go with their appetizer …

Then came the appetizer: salmon tartare. It also had four ingredients: salmon, avocado, cucumber, and pickle. Nothing else added. As noted in a previous article here, Olga and Sean prepare the riders’ food in their mobile kitchen and bring it to the hotel dining room. The food is always fresh, purchased locally, and made according to the riders’ preferences.

The healthy fat and saltines from the avocado and salmon give the tartare lots of flavor.

Here’s Olga after preparing the salmon tartare. Note there are nine plates, one for each rider on the team.

The opening stages of this Tour de France are taking place in Normandy, along the northern coast by the English Channel. The riders have a good view from their dining table each day for breakfast and dinner …

Breakfast for stage one was served at 9 a.m., and dinner for the riders was served at 9:30 p.m. As with most teams, the riders ate right after the stage once they got on the bus and before the one-hour drive home from the finish.

Cannondale-Drapac riders eat rice with some sort of protein, such as tuna, salmon, or chicken. It’s all prepared and waiting for them in their seats once they get on the bus, so there is zero waiting time to eat.

We didn’t get back from the race until after 7, so the riders went straight to massage for an hour before eating dinner. (They had already showered on the bus.)

Then came the main course. First up was a dish of carrots and cauliflower with honey mustard and cilantro …

There was rice mixed with quinoa …

Chicken breasts …

And then there was rabbit, which is leaner and healthier than most meats …

Another side dish with a wonderful aroma — featuring chanterelle mushrooms with garlic, onion, and rosemary …

The riders help themselves to as much food as they want, and they always eat together every day for the 21 days of the race. It’s part of the team-building experience.

The riders often have time to relax and enjoy their dinner. When they are done they hang out, but if they are tired they head to their rooms. Eventually they all head off to bed pretty early to rest and recover for another day in the world’s greatest race.

(And yes, there was dessert, but we’ll save that for another time.)

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