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Remco Evenepoel ’s red recovery bottle. Tadej Pogačar ’s Il Lombardia-saving shot. And the carefully labelled bidons dispensed from every team car in the pro peloton.
What the heck are all these drinks being guzzled by cycling’s elite?
Ketones, anti-cramp shots, and super-high carb-mixes, that’s what they are. And they’re all available “over the counter”, in some format or the other.
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Here’s an explainer of some of the not-so-secret drinks of pro cycling, and where you can get them for yourself: Evenepoel’s ketone recovery drink Eagle-eyed fans will have seen Evenepoel slurping on a bottle of red juice in the immediate aftermath of a bike race.Oftentimes, Evenepoel’s on “The Red Stuff” before media start to scrum around and Soudal Quick-Step teammates arrive to congratulate or commiserate with their young leader.Remco’s must-have recovery drink isn’t just his favorite thirst-quenching breakfast juice.It’s a ketone mix created by Quick-Step’s U.S.-based nutrition partner KetoneAid.“Ketones are crucial for fuelling but can play a big part for recovery too. They play a huge part in accelerating the recovery process,” Quick-Step’s outgoing head of performance Vasilis Anastopoulos told Velo .“Our doctors are working to optimize the daily protocol for ketones, and part of the new method we have […]