Grabbing a Bite
On every long stage the racers will burn over 6,000 calories so it is of the upmost importance that they keep the machine of their bodies fed. Along the course of each stage their is a designated "feed zone" where the team helpers will stand along the side of the road handing out musettes, bags of food and drink that the riders grab as they whiz by. The musettes are designed to be easily grabbed and then slung over their shoulders as the rider transfers the goodies to his pockets and gets back to racing and eating. Here the early two man of Romain Lemarchand (Cofidis) and Boris Vallee (Lotto-Belisol) break are the first to get to lunchtime.