After an intense week at the Tour de France, including the high-stress of the crosswinds en route to Montpellier and the chaotic climb to Chalet Reynard on Mont Ventoux, the second and final rest day in Bern allowed for some much needed recovery.
But what exactly do Tour de France riders get up to on a rest day? Luckily, with Strava becoming more and more popular in the professional peloton, we get to find out.
Bern enjoys an ideal location in Switzerland, with plenty of scenic options for stretching the legs and exploring the local roads. And stopping for a coffee, of course.
— laurenstendam (@laurenstendam) July 19, 2016
Giant-Alpecin, who we joined for part of their rest day ride in Andorra after the first week, headed out to Lac de Morat, for example, while Lotto-Soudal picked a route following the Aare river.
Movistar, with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde bidding to dethrone yellow jersey Chris Froome in the Alps, chose to head into the Freiburg Alps for a low-intensity climb.
Let’s take a closer look at the Strava stats from some of the Tour de France rest day rides.