RE­COV­ERY

Procycling - - Recovery - Wri ter: James Wi t ts Pho­tog­ra­phy: Get t y Images

Rid­ers burn up to 8,000 calo­ries a day and rack up 35,000 kilo­me­tres of train­ing and rac­ing each year, so re­duc­ing fa­tigue is key to peak per­for­mance. But how de­bil­i­tat­ing is the race work­load and what meth­ods are used to ac­cel­er­ate re­cov­ery? Dr Kevin Sprouse, Can­non­dale-Dra­pac’s head of medicine, takes us in­side the ath­lete’s body over a 24-hour pe­riod and we trawl the WorldTour to see how teams man­age the work­load with­out tip­ping into burnout

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