Food Friday - This is how our riders keep an eye on their weight
Our riders need to have the optimum weight, especially the GC riders. The winner...
Our riders are cycling on the French roads, and if you think about French food... you'll think about the crêpe! Pancakes, such as a crêpe, are on our riders’ menu at least once a week, but why and at which moment of the day? You will find out in this weeks’ Food Friday, including a couple of delicious pancake recipes right from the Tour de France meal plan!
The French crêpe can be compared with pancakes. The main difference is the size: a crêpe is thinner and smaller, as it is a typical dessert in France. Sometimes the batter of a crêpe can be a bit sweeter compared to that of pancakes, to create a bitter fit with a dessert recipe, but in general the main difference is the size. To create such a thin pancake, it is best to work with a crêpe maker like the French do, such as this one from Princess.
Small and thin or large and thick, both a pancake and a crêpe are a source of carbohydrates if you look into the nutritional value. With the toppings, you can add extra carbohydrates and/or protein. A topping of fruit and cottage cheese, for example, will contribute to both nutrients. Pancakes are the perfect kick-start of the day for our riders!
"The French crêpe is a source of carbohydrates"
Our riders rarely eat a crêpe or some pancakes for dessert, because their body needs protein (for recovery) late at night. However, pancakes do play the lead role for breakfast at least once per week. It is the ideal dish to consume a lot of nutrients in a relatively small bite. Nonetheless, our riders always eat more than just some pancakes for breakfast as they have an energy demand of about 800 to 1.850 calories during the Tour de France.
Pancakes are practical and delicious. With some cottage cheese and fresh fruit or honey/maple syrup, it is the favorite breakfast of almost all of our riders. Get inspired by the two recipes below, right from the Tour de France meal plan. Bon appétit!