Here's a funny perspective of a Tour without drugs!
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Brilliant. Don't read it if you are eating in front of a screen.
I must admit I was thinking it seems the pro cyclists make the girls that are also on the winners podium giving the flowers and the trophy look chubby.
I wonder how you train to end up with a body like the pros?
The healthier one eats the easier it is to stay light. Cyclists with bad eating habits struggle the most. Most people don't want to fill up on 'boring' foods like fruits, oats, steamed rice, potatoes, corn etc so they get hungry and fill up on grease and then the bad habits around bodyweight start.
People ask me how I look like the 3rd Schleck brother on such little training over the last few years. My answer is 'high carb, low fat vegan with unlimited cals'.
Riders having to overtrain to stay light are the ones that blow out when they get an injury etc. They need to learn what healthy foods look like and eat enough cals of those healthy foods so they don't want the fattening stuff. Ive trained with Kenyan marathoners in Bangkok. They do less miles than some of my overweight buddies guzzling steak and milk each day. Yet they are leaner. Its not genetic either cos there is plenty of fat Kenyan's in Australia! Its all about the food..training = fitness. Food = slim. One can train their butt off and be super fit but they won't be close to their natural potential eating the standard aussie diet. I know PLENTY of riders like that. SUPER talent but eating junk and holding emselves back.
ride lots? 6+ hours a day every day
Wiggins could do with a good steak - just read the teamprofiles in the Ride mag guide and those guys are really light. Cadel is chunky at 174cm and 68kg!
Schleck must mean chicken legs in some Luxembourg dialect.
174cm and 68kg
give a BMI of 22.5 which is in the healthy range.
However I would think he would have a lot less body fat than typical.
That must be why he looks chunky! I'll dig up some of the other stats and see what they look like.