How many calories does a pro rider burn at the Giro d'Italia?

LAGO LACENOBAGNOLI IRPINO ITALY MAY 09 LR Thymen Arensman of The Netherlands and Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 4 a 175km stage from Venosa to Lago Laceno 1059m Bagnoli Irpino UCIWT on May 09 2023 in Bagnoli Irpino Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Taking place over the course of three weeks, a Grand Tour is a true test of endurance, and nutrition is absolutely central to the challenge. 

To make it from Fossacesia to Rome to complete the 2023 Giro d'Italia, each rider will have to cover 3489.2 kilometres, which based on typical average speed and pedalling cadence, would require in excess of half a million revolutions of the pedals. 

Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.