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The pros’ idea of a rest day on Strava

Scott Thwaites squeezes in a bit of extra climbing during his day off

When is a rest day not a rest day? When you’re a Tour de France cyclist, for the most part. The majority of the competitors opted for some form of active recovery to keep their weary limbs ticking over and several uploaded their rides to Strava.

Efforts varied, however. Fortuneo–Oscaro’s Romain Hardy uploaded two rides, the titles of which said it all. The first was a 7.6km downhill trip he labelled Aller Café. The second, a similar distance uphill, was unsurprisingly titled Retour Café.

Others covered a little more ground. Cofidis rider Dimitri Claeys recorded the longest ride of the day at 63.3km with 868m of elevation gain. He also recorded the second-fastest time on Le Chaudon Climb, although it’s worth noting that Strava users have only actually ridden this stretch of road 23 times in total.

Stage 8 winner Lilian Calmejane went for a look at today's first climb, the Côte du Boussoule – although he’ll have covered it quicker since. In all, he did 52km at 28.8km/h. BMC’s Danilo Wyss and Damiano Caruso did a similar distance, along with the team’s head of performance David Bailey, averaging 27.3km/h.

Theirs was a fairly flat route, but Scott Thwaites did almost 1,000m of climbing in his 47.2km ride.

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