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Here’s what Tour de France riders will do for fun on the first day of rest

The first rest day of the Tour de France 2022 is upon us. We had a day off between Denmark and France, but it was more of a day of travel than a chance to rest.

After an opening week of cobblestones, punchy climbs and La Super Planche des Belles Filles, the peloton will have 24 hours to catch their breath before a few tough days in the Alps.

The agenda will lack physical and mental effort. An easy ride for leg spinning and a massage. But what else do runners do? Are they allowing themselves to have fun? If so, what are they doing?

Florian Vermeersch of Lotto Soudal confirmed it: “I’m going to sleep well first,” he told CyclingTips. “It’s a bit boring day, but I like these days. I’m going to watch Netflix, get a good massage. I was watching Peaky Blinders but finished it so I’ll have to find a new one, maybe documentaries.

Chris Hamilton (DSM) also recently completed Peaky Blinders, as did Seinfeld. With 180 episodes spread over nine seasons, he admits he might need a few more Grand Tours before he’s finished.

Netflix isn’t for everyone, however, BikeExchange-Jayco’s Chris Juul-Jensen says he doesn’t have an account. Instead, “I can read a few pages of a book.” How healthy.

“I’m going to catch up on Love Island…a little embarrassed to say that,” adds Fred Wright, preferring the British reality show which sees young men and women locked in a house for two and a half months and hopefully find the love of their life among the two dozen other competitors. “I’ve been addicted for a few days so have the latest episode to watch. Davide is my favorite.

Fortunately, the Bahrain-Victorious driver will balance that with something to keep his brain active, some media chores. “I have to write a diary entry for Cycling Weekly, so I better get to it. Not much else really. It’s fine to do nothing. »

A photo of Simon Yates swimming in the ocean during the Tour Down Under a few years ago. It’s not really relevant, but it’s useful for the illustrative purpose of showing what runners can do when they’re not running and it’s also, really, just a pretty funny picture.

Family members often visit loved ones during bike races, and July’s Tour de France location offers a great opportunity to tack on the summer holidays.

“My girlfriend is coming to see the finish today, so I can’t wait to hang out with her tomorrow,” Connor Swift said. “But I think I’ll drag her to the barber with me.”

Doesn’t he get a pre-Tour chop from his other half like Geraint Thomas or Tom Pidcock?

“No, I wouldn’t trust Sian to cut my hair. In fact, she made it to Covid and I ended up with a number 1 all over.

For Chris Hamilton, bringing his family over from Australia is a bit more difficult, so a few video calls will be in order.

“Then I will try to look at the back of my eyelids a bit in the afternoon,” adds Hamilton, the common denominator of all Tour de France riders who have covered 1,500 km so far. Sleep. And a lot.