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Jul. 13, 2009
Garmin riders rest up as Alps loom large

With the race’s first rest day in the bag and two transitional stages approaching, Garmin-Slipstream finished up the first segment of the Tour de France in fine form.

Bradley Wiggins and Christian Vande Velde remain in 5th and 8th place respectively, giving the team high hopes for a podium spot in Paris at the end of the three week race.

What exactly does professional cycling team do on a rest day during le Tour? Well…they ride, eat, nap and mostly perform media interviews. And when you have two capable riders sitting high on GC in the world’s toughest race, there are a lot of folks who want to talk to you. A rest day is hardly that.

With a couple of mainly flat stages thrown in before the race heads upward into the Alps in the race’s final week, the riders’ focus for the next couple days will be about staying safe in the peloton, resting up, and keeping their nutritional needs topped off. With another individual time trial still to come, as well as a stage finish atop the legendary Mont Ventoux, this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Tour finishes in history.

Speaking of nutritional needs, if you’ve ever wondered how many Clif Bars, Shot Bloks and gels the Garmin-Slipstream team consumes during the Tour, check out the Clif counter.

Happy ten-speeding!
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