"I don't think Pogacar's team is close to our system" - Visma | Lease a Bike nutrition specialist on Tadej Pogacar's weakness

If Jonas Vingegaard is ready to fight for third Tour de France triumph, he'll be present at the Grand Départ in Firenze next Saturday. That's the narrative his team Visma | Lease a Bike fed the cycling public for last two months. Steff Cras' recent performances at Tour of Slovenia indicate the level of Vingegaard could be good enough. We'll soon get out answers. Another aspect that may play role in the high mountains will be nutrition. As it turns out, the Dutch team is confident even in this area.

In 2020 and 2021 Pogacar won the Tour, in 2022 and 2023 the title went to the calm Dane. Both times it turned out Pogacar underestimated his nutritioning. This year, Pogacar logically seems to have the advantage, although this may not be the case in terms of nutrition. "I don't think Pogacar's team is close to our system, to be honest," says professor Asker Jeukendrup at NOS.

"Many teams are still looking for that latest miracle cure," said the former triathlete. "Or they buy a large food truck and think they are done with the investment in food. While they are often very basic things. What do the riders receive and when? That can go well or wrong at any meal."

Eating during the race is also an important aspect. "We have done many studies into all kinds of combinations of carbohydrates, but ultimately we arrived at the combination of fruit sugar and dextrose. In other words, fructose and glucose. They both use a different transporter in the intestines."

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