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How do the pros in the TDF recover after each days ride?(7 posts)

How do the pros in the TDF recover after each days ride?LeanneWilde
Jul 9, 2002 8:00 AM
Do they get a rub down or massage or anything special after such a grueling ride? And how do they have so much endurance? I'm impressed!
re: How do the pros in the TDF recover after each days ride?Wayne
Jul 9, 2002 8:27 AM
If it's a particularly hot day they may start with an IV for hydration/glycogen/electrolyte replacement bypassing the gut. They get massages. And up until recently and probably still to a certain extent a number use "recovery products". Not to mention if you're taking EPO or whatever to boost your red blood cell count you've lowered the stress on your body throughout the stage.
On top of that they're use to racing on successive days (of course it catches up to alot of them after a couple of weeks that's why so many will abandon).
re: How do the pros in the TDF recover after each days ride?skyfallen
Jul 9, 2002 1:48 PM

I went to a presentation by Jeff Spencer, the USPS team chiropractor. After a stage, the riders will go to the bus, and begin by showering, then drinking a hell of a lot of water, having smoothies, and eating panini (sandwiches). Then the riders have dinner, which consists of pastas, white meat, and as many calories and carbohydrates as they can eat, and oh did I mention water?

The riders also get massaged, and toward the end of the evening they see Jeff for any adjustments/stretching help they might need. Jeff described the recovery process as 'critical to the tour effort' and 'a war against illness/injury'.

IVs are only used in the most extreme cases and I seriously doubt EPO is being used in any recovery process this year. If it is, the riders and their management are fools.
Well, I thought it would be a given...Wayne
Jul 9, 2002 2:18 PM
that they eat and drink! I took the question to mean what do they do beyond the normal. You really don't think any of those guys were taking EPO in the weeks leading up to the tour (the red blood cells stick around for weeks afterwards)? "Recovery" products such as insulin and Growth Hormone are still undetectable, even if they'r not using EPO, NESP anymore.
Well, I thought it would be a given...skyfallen
Jul 9, 2002 4:16 PM
I strongly believe that it's a small minority, not the majority. Paul Sherwen said the same thing when I asked him recently.
Ask Paul what he was taking...Wayne
Jul 10, 2002 2:52 AM
back in the day when doping was apparently endemic to the sport. Him and Bob Roll both keep pretty quiet about the doping issue when it comes up on OLN.
Ask Paul what he was taking...skyfallen
Jul 10, 2002 2:07 PM
Right, because it's ALL a big conspiracy.

Which explains why when the surprise blood test was administered to 54 cyclists (including Lance) before the start of stage 4 today, all of the riders were given an ok to start. In case you aren't aware, blood tests are far more accurate than urine tests.
(link - )

Do you have some specific evidence you'd like to present, or are you just talking out of your ass?