Life on the road ac­cord­ing to pro­fes­sional cy­clist Te­jay van Garderen

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Fitness: “Cy­clists in gen­eral are fairly un­fit. We’re re­ally only good at one thing. We’re lethar­gic but put us on a bike and we can go fast. We have good hearts and lungs, but we’re al­ways hunched over.”

Sleep: “Some days are bet­ter than oth­ers but resid­ual fa­tigue ac­cu­mu­lates. One day of un­der-fu­elling or a night’s poor sleep can af­fect not just the next day, but can have lin­ger­ing ef­fects through­out a race.”

Food: “In the morn­ing, an omelette and por­ridge. Dur­ing a race, gels. Af­ter, it’s rice and a pro­tein re­cov­ery shake. Din­ner is pasta, pro­tein, salad. On an av­er­age day we burn 3,000-5,000 calo­ries.”

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