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Curiosities of the Tour de France unpacked: veiny legs, big rides on ‘rest’ days and cola guzzling explained

Curiosities of the Tour de France unpacked: veiny legs, big rides on 'rest' days and cola guzzling explained

The 2022 edition of the Tour de France is well underway – and if you’ve been following the racing action, there’s probably quite a fair…

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The 2022 edition of the Tour de France is well underway – and if you’ve been following the racing action, there’s probably quite a fair few points that might have piqued your curiosity. That is to be fully expected – a lot is left going on behind the scenes that the cameras aren’t capturing.

Google’s autocorrect can provide us with a wealth of information around the general public’s deepest thoughts about the pros. For instance, it seems there are enough people desperately searching for ‘how do cyclists pee whilst racing the Tour de France?’ that the search engine is serving up this suggestion for everyone.

Naturally, we couldn’t leave them hanging, and our answer to how exactly cyclists do pee during top level races can be found here. There’s an almost dizzying array of other questions, too, which we’ll get fully stuck into here.

We will take a look at Tour de France performance trends and, continuing past the finish line, we’ll also reveal what the riders get up to in their team buses and talk more about how the pros deal with the hotel-to-hotel life that makes up the three weeks of a Grand Tour.

For answers to more questions about the Tour de France be sure to pick up a copy of the July 21 edition of Cycling Weekly magazine. Why are Tour de France cyclist’s legs so veiny?

We’ve all got veins in our legs quite near to the skin surface, but they are hidden by a layer […]

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