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Velo Digest: Batman Glasses, High-Speed Bunny-Hops, Prize Money, 8000 Calorie Food Plans & More - Tour de France 2024

Jul 10, 2024
by Sarah Moore  

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THE TOP STORIES
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TOUR DE FRANCE

2024
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What's going on in the biggest cycling event of the year? Velo Digest showcases articles from our sister site, Velo. In this instalment, you'll find a selection of the biggest stories from the 2024 Tour de France.




High-Speed Bunny-Hop in Tour de France Sprint Saves Mads Pedersen from Severe Injury
By: Andrew Hood

Alex Zingle's fast-twitch muscle reaction saved Pedersen — and himself — from perhaps more serious injury: 'I was coming too fast to brake.'

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Tour de France Bike Check: Tadej Pogačar Rides a Colnago V4Rs with Lust-Worthy Details
By: Josh Ross

This Colnago V4Rs is a Tour de France bike that obsesses over the details. It's not just an off-the-shelf range-topper for the Tour's yellow jersey.

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Did the ‘Batman’ Glasses Deliver Dylan Groenewegen the Tour de France Winning Edge? ‘Maybe it was Just Enough’
By: Andrew Hood

The UCI momentarily banned aero-designed 'Batman' glasses until Groenewegen put them up for sale in his bike shop: 'Maybe it was the difference today.'

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Mark Cavendish Gets Slapped Wrist From UCI After Tour de France Record-Breaking Sprint
By: Jim Cotton

Governing body issues warning to Cavendish, Philipsen for not holding lines as tension mounts over safety of Tour's mass sprints.

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‘It Wasn’t a Lack of Balls, It Was Smart Racing’: Vingegaard Slaps Back at Tour de France Critics Pogačar, Evenepoel
By: Jim Cotton

Defending champion defends negative racing in stage 9's gravel rumble, insists title defense isn't over: 'I'm getting better and better.'

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Opinion: Why Sunday’s Thriller Proves Gravel Belongs in the Tour de France
By: Andrew Hood

Tour de Hoody: The wild dust-up was the best day of racing so far and confirms that Strade Bianche-inspired sector-based gravel stages deserve a place in the Tour de France.

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‘I Couldn’t Breathe’: From Near Death to the Tour de France In 10 Weeks, Meet Pro Cycling’s Luckiest Rider
By: Andy McGrath

Steff Cras has endured more crashes and setbacks in one year than most riders face in a whole career. The story of how the resilient TotalEnergies racer made it to the Tour against the odds.

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‘The TV Breakaway Is Dead’: Has This Tour de France Lost its Spark?
By: Andrew Hood

'You’re better off saving your energy for when it counts': Too many sprint teams, flatter terrain doom breakaways on transition stages so far in this Tour de France.

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Red Bull Insists Vlasov Cleared Tour de France Concussion Protocols: ‘He Went Straight to the Race Doctor’s Car’
By: Andrew Hood

Doctors confirm no concussion and DS says post-crash wobbles caused by fractured ankle: 'That’s why he was not walking straight and tumbling.'

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Power Analysis: Are Pogačar’s Tour de France Power Numbers Lower than at the Giro?
By: Zach Nehr

Our calculations suggest that Pogačar’s Tour performances have been below the level he reached in May.

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Tadej Pogačar Isn’t The Fastest Person in Yellow at the Tour de France: Meet Claire Pedrono, the Tour’s Blackboard Official
By: Andy McGrath

Behind the scenes with Pedrono in her time-honored, fast-paced role of ardoisière, showing the time gaps to the peloton and breakaway, using chalk and a blackboard.

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What a Tour de France Rider Eats in a Day: What, When, How Much, and Why
By: Jim Cotton

From ketones and carbs to cheat meals and candies, we break down the 8,000-calorie food plans that fuel the Tour de France.

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Tour de France Team With ‘Smallest Budget’ Has Won The Most Prize Money So Far
By: Andy McGrath

Two stage wins have harvested more than 43,000 euros for an underdog team, while Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team languishes at the bottom with only 2,390 euros.

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23 Comments
  • 63 1
 If I ate what the tour riders are eating I think I would stand a chance of winning... Because sustained thrusting jets of hot coffee and rice out my ass would more than make up for lack of watts in my legs. And before anyone says it, again. Yes, my username checks out.
  • 30 0
 That bunny hop during the sprint was bonkers...at that speed, the reaction time insane.
  • 9 0
 Ex MTB rider........
  • 2 0
 @Starch-Anton: you're right
And his name is Axel Zingle, not Alex Big Grin
  • 26 0
 Probably got a bmx background.
  • 3 2
 @bigtim: Would a BMXer call that a bunnyhop?
  • 1 0
 @Starch-Anton: Yes, he got 3rd in Roc d"Azur last year
  • 1 2
 @bigtim: you don't need a BMX or MTB background for that. I did a similar bunny hop to avoid a crash in a road crit 20 years ago and I had no BMX background nor was I an MTB rider at the time.

Having said that I had learnt to bunny hop in cycling school and cyclocross training.
  • 21 0
 That Isreal Premier Tech dude who said I dare a normal person to try to eat this amount of food at breakfast,” has clearly never been to a Dennis’s. Average American customer consuming 6 times their body weight in grams of carbs and fat easy.
  • 3 0
 He did say normal, not american Wink
  • 11 1
 The Sun Block potential of the batman glasses seems to be the best advantage vs the 3watts it could save.
  • 1 0
 That was my first thought too when I saw them last week. I might have to get some of the moto goggles that have that same feature for roost protection but I'll use it for sun at the bike park.
  • 6 1
 Never realized it is supermarket against supermarket these days. Jumbo against Lidl. This is going to determine where I'll get my groceries.
  • 4 0
 Jumbo no longer a sponsor but Intermarche would like a word...
  • 3 0
 @Drew-O: Alright, Lidl it is then. I don't have Intermarche over where I live.
  • 3 0
 Well they found a good way to not need neon green sunscreen on your nose anymore. tup
  • 2 0
 Clear-ish zinc cream is a thing.
  • 4 3
 To summarize: Data, data, data, athletic skills, data, data, data.....

Sports journalism is so dull to someone who wants an escape from data analytics
  • 2 0
 I am Batman...
  • 1 0
 I don't understand all the fuss with those Scicon glasses when riders (including Mark Cavendish mentionned here) have been wearing the Oakley Kato for a number of years already.
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