Tour de France riders are faced with high mountain passes, the French summer sun and draining headwinds, which means they are engaged in a constant battle to take on enough fuel to sustain their daily endeavours during the race.
We persuaded the Bora-Argon 18 team to let us see inside one of the musettes used during this year’s Tour, handed out to riders in the one dedicated feed zone on each stage, usually around the halfway point on the parcours.
“All the musettes are identical apart from the rice cakes,” says soigneur, Andrea Feigl.
In fact, the only thing that is made by the team chef are the rice cakes, Feigl explains. Rice cakes are packed with energy and each evening, before the next day’s stage, the riders choose from a selection of flavours (banana, toffee or plain).
The musette also contains two bidons, one with water (marked with a ‘W’) and one with energy drink, as well as a can of fizzy drink for a sugary treat, two energy gels and two energy bars.