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Giro d’Italia – GCN Weekly Cycling News Show – Episode 21

Hello and welcome to the GCN news show. We’re
still out at the Tour of Italy bringing you all of the action, but today is the rest day,
and we’re in France. It’s been another very demanding week for the
riders and there’s been a couple of very high profile riders abandon: Bradley Wiggins of
Team Sky, and Ryder Hesjedal, last year’s winner, of Team Garmin-Sharp. We caught up with his directeur sportif, Charlie
Wegelius, to find out exactly what the riders get up to on their day of rest. Charlie, we’re in France for the rest day, what
do the riders get up to on their day of rest? Usually a bit of a longer sleep, I think that’s
the first thing on the menu. A bike ride, which, in this mountain location isn’t necessarily
easy so this morning they rode up the Galibier. Doesn’t sound to me like rest but hey, that’s
the job they chose. A sleep in the afternoon, massage and then bed. We’ve seen a couple of riders out on rollers
doing their recovery rides today is that because of the climbs in the area? Yeah, I think that
for a tired rider’s legs, riding up a steep hill isn’t the best way to loosen up. I think that a lot
of the riders feel better when they can have a good sweat and get some liquids out of them,
I think that’s productive for a lot of them. Looks like it’s been a really tough two weeks
for the riders in the peloton, how are the Garmin-Sharp boys holding up? They’re doing
well. There’s obviously the normal small health worries that come in at the end of a race
like this but I think that almost every rider in the race has had something or has something
at the moment – coughs, colds, sore knees, but it’s just part of the game. One stage win for Ramunas, six stages left,
what’s the aims for them? We’ve got our three good climbers: Stetina, Vande Velde and Tom
Danielson, and I think the aim has to be to try and place one of them in an early breakaway
that goes to the finish like we’ve seen yesterday with Visconti. Then we’ve also got Robbie
Hunter, who’s very quick, and the sprints at the end of these three-week races don’t
necessarily follow the form book, so I don’t see why he can’t come out with a result too. OK, well good luck for the rest of the race,
thanks for joining us. Thanks. We often hear how special the Giro d’Italia
is to the fans on the side of the road to watch, because it’s so accessible, and such
a special race. We’ve got a couple of them over here, that we understand have done the
stage this morning. Did you go up the Galibier sir? Yeah, we went up the Galibier this morning,
got a bit further than the riders and nearly up to the top, but snow stopped the way unfortunately
for us. Have you been out to the Giro d’Italia before, or is this your first time? It’s our
first time to the Giro but we do ski here, so it’s quite nice to come here when the sun’s
shining a little bit. What are the impressions from a fan’s perspective on the side of the
road of the race? The race was great, and the other nice thing about cycling of course
is we can actually do what the pros have done today, it was great. It’s not just the fans that find the race
special, it’s also the riders, and we caught up with a couple of them to find out exactly
what it means to them to be in this race. Second rest day in your career: what do you
do on these days? They seem to be the quickest days I’ve ever experienced. You wake up, get
breakfast and a bike ride done and then it’s mid-afternoon and you’re trying to make the
hours last as long as possible. It’s about as resting as much as possible, going from my bed,
to the massage bed, to the osteo-therapist’s bed, then back to my bed! Just trying to do
as little as possible. We did do a little bike ride, we went up the Telegraphe, came
back again and that was it. Some boys did more, some didn’t even look at their bikes,
it’s all personal preference on that. It’s just over a week now since you took that amazing
victory in the time trial, has it had time to sink in? Yeah I guess so, it’s more when
I’m riding in the bunch, I get moments when I think: ‘I’ve won a stage in this race,’
I’m still getting a kick out of it I guess. I think when I get home it’ll sink in. Mum
and Dad have kept all the papers and all the coverage and everything, so I’m looking forward
to seeing all of that. The response back at home was massive, all my friends and family
were absolutely thrilled by it, it’s by far the biggest win of my career, so it’s really
nice, how many people have supported me and I’m really grateful for that. Thanks for your
time Alex, we’ll see you again in the next six stages. I hope so, thank you. We’re here with George and Jesse from the
Radioshak team. Guys, what are you getting up to on the rest day? Nothing, just lying,
trying to stay as horizontal as we can. Went for a bit of a spin, coffee shop, walked,
then a massive walk up to the lunch, now I’m going to sleep and watch some movies, get
a massage, then shower down. And presumably as pro riders you get some luxurious hotels,
how’s this one? This one’s actually not too bad. There’s no internet and we have to eat
up in the tent, probably about a couple hundred metres’ walk for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But the hotel is actually pretty good, I got the big bed out of the two! So there’s no rest in the hotel, you’re having
to walk to a tent to get breakfast and dinner? The tent’s way up there, halfway up the
Galibier. The opening round of the UCI mountain bike
world cup took place at the weekend in Albstadt in Germany. There were a few surprise names
to the front of the races: in the men’s it was Dan McConnell of Trek Factory Racing who
took a surprise victory after out-sprinting his rivals. Whilst in the women’s, Eva Lechner
of Team Colnago took her first victory in a World Cup since 2010, coming in solo eight
seconds ahead of her rivals. Whilst everybody waited with baited breath
for Mark Cavendish to reach the milestone of 100 career victories, he didn’t wait long
before notching up another one just 24 hours later. It didn’t go un-noticed by Geraint
Thomas of Team Sky, who tweeted this: While it might be a day of rest and relaxation
for the riders, the same can’t be said for the staff. You can see behind me the team
Katusha mechanics, they’ve been working on the bikes all day long. And whilst the Giro
has been taking place in Italy, there has also been a high-profile race taking place
over in the U.S. The Tour of California where Tejay van Garderen of team BMC took arguably
his biggest victory to date. Announcer: “That is an unbelievable day for
Tejay!” We’ve had a lot of questions in the comments
section below our videos asking what the riders eat during a Grand Tour and of course the
right nutrition is hugely important, just to get the maximum out of the riders in the
races and also to speed up recovery. But you can’t always guarantee how good the food is
going to be at a hotel, that’s why more and more teams are investing in these things:
mobile kitchens, and we’re here with the Saxo-Tinkoff one now. Inside, we’ve got Hannah, what’s on the
menu for the riders tonight? Well tonight we’re going for a little bit of fish, little
bit of chicken, we’re going to do some fishcakes, a classic Danish dinner. Rice and pasta as
always, it’s always good before a long hot stage, it’s going to be a long stage tomorrow
so not too much heavy meat, we’re going to go with white protein, lots of veggies and
nice salads. Haven’t planned it completely yet, but they’ve just had lunch, so yeah,
that’s the plan. So on the rest days you prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for the riders?
Yeah, three meals on the rest days. We keep it quite light for the rest days so very low-carb
because they go for a very short ride, so we have to limit the energy intake so they
don’t gain weight when they have a day off. Low-carb lunch, nice salad, eggs, a bit of
tuna salad as well, a nice bit of bread as well. Keep it simple, keep it light. Keep your eyes peeled for a much more in-depth
look at a mobile kitchen with the Garmin-Sharp head chef – that’s for a new show which we’ve
got coming up next week, but we’ve got plenty more to come before then.

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