Winning the Tour de France requires subtle physics, young muscles and an obscene amount of calories – 3 essential reads

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(THE CONVERSATION) The 2023 Tour de France is here. Starting in Copenhagen on June 1, the tour covers almost 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) over 24 days of riding through Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and France. The tour is a feat of human athleticism, but to really understand how incredible it is to complete the race – much less win it – requires thinking about a unique blend of physics, biology and physiology. Mix those up just right and you get a Tour de France champion.

Over the years, The Conversation has published a series of stories covering the science of the Tour de France and elite athletics.

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