Let’s Hear it for Carbs – Tour de France Cyclists Couldn't Do it Without Them

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Article about the use of carbohydrates in endurance sport, featured in the Conversation 23/7/15.


The extraordinary demands of the Tour de France requires a special internal combustion engine. For homo sapiens this “engine” constitutes a carbon-based fuel chemically reacting with oxygen extracted from air and burning, producing among other things energy. As far as we know, a focus on carbohydrate intake before, during and in between stages is the best way to facilitate this. So as the riders move through the Alps do not expect to see a new nutritional strategy.

Period23 Jul 2015

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