Tour de France stars wolf down footlong Subways and cookies after team mix-up

Some of cycling’s biggest stars prepared for the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday by loading up with footlong sandwiches and cookies in Subway.

Cyclists are known for needing vast amounts of food to sustain their mammoth physical exertions. They have to eat thousands of calories every day just to fuel their legs and, given its place at the vanguard of high-performance sport, professional cyclists are generally prepared personalised meals by nutritionists.

Sunday was not a normal day for the Ineos Grenadiers. The team were preparing for the final 115.6km stage from Paris’ La Defense Arena to the Champs-Elysees, but as they boarded the bus, there was no food in sight.

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No problem for 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. He simply took some of his team-mates to fast food chain Subway for some unconventional fuel: sandwiches, cookies, crisps and fizzy drinks.

Sharing a picture of himself Luke Rowe, Filippo Ganna and Dylan van Baarle looking more like hungover lads on an overseas stag-do, Thomas wrote: “That hit the spot. Pre-Paris fuel with the boys.”

The 21st and final stage of the Tour de France is a traditional procession into the centre of Paris, so thankfully for Thomas his third-place finish was already assured. Not having his usual pre-race meal was never going to damage his chances.

The Welshman was in a good mood on the start line as he explained the mix-up. “It was a Subway,” he said when asked where they went to eat. “We were asking, 'what [are] we having for lunch?' and somebody forgot to put the food on the bus. So we stopped and had a few cookies and a foot long. Can’t fault it.”

Understandably, Thomas’ picture sparked plenty of comments on Twitter, from the bemused to the pun fans. “Subway now officially a pro fuelling strategy. Great news,” one fan wrote. “Finally got some normal people’s food. Bon appetit boys,” added another.

“Marginal gains,” wrote one. “Ineos Scranadiers,” added another, suggesting a new team name. “Do they call it Metro in Paris or is it still Subway?” joked another. “I suppose you have to order in centimetres,” added another.

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