The shocking number of calories Tour de France cyclists burn each day

On July 7 cyclists from around the world will begin the Tour de France, the prestigious three-week stage race – or “grand tour” – that happens to be the world’s largest annual sporting event. All told, that’s 2,087 miles of pedalling for this year’s race.

Each day participants ride, on average, about 110 miles and burn some 6,071 calories, according to Inside Science.

To give you a better idea of just how many calories that is, we’ve teamed up with the folks at Inside Science, which originally calculated how many jelly doughnuts you’d have to eat to generate enough energy to keep up with a Tour de France cyclist on race day. Turns out it’s 32!

Here are some more popular foods, and how many of each you’d have to eat to compete. Of course, this is not what Tour de France cyclists actually eat while competing!

Tour de france cyclists burn 6071 calories a day graphicShayanne Gal/Business Insider

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