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Geraint Thomas reveals he burns enough calories to chomp down NINE Big Macs during Tour de France stage

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GERAINT THOMAS is measuring his Tour de France campaign in Big Macs as he aims to French fry leader Julian Alaphilippe and put on the Yellow Jersey. The defending Tour de France champ, 33, takes on the Tour’s toughest stage so far in the Pyrenees on
'GERAINT THOMAS is measuring his Tour de France campaign in Big Macs as he aims to French fry leader Julian Alaphilippe and put on the Yellow Jersey. The defending Tour de France champ, 33, takes on the Tour’s toughest stage so far in the Pyrenees on Thursday. Geraint Thomas revealed he rode through enough calories to eat NINE Big Macs The Welshman revealed he burned enough calories to chomp down on NINE burgers during stage nine. The Team Ineos star was chatting with pal Luke Rowe on his new mid- Tour podcast ‘Watts Occurring’ . Thomas said: “I was 5,000 calories, you were 5,500. “A big Mac is 540 odd calories, so I could have nine of those. “But I was more a McChicken man when I was a kid.” Cyclists are usually obsessive about their weight going into the mountain stages, while Thomas has previously admitted he had to cut weight after Christmas, after he enjoyed his status as last year’s Tour winner. Ineos will have a huge opportunity to stamp his authority on the race today, with two huge mountains and a hair-raising 13-mile descent into Bagneres-de-Bigorre. Thomas finished 102nd on the same descent in 2013, but was working for Chris Froome who was wearing the Yellow Jersey for the first day in his career. But that day was won by pal Dan Martin, who Thomas has raced with for about 15 years. Thomas also revealed their team-mate Wout Poels has been told to take it easy for the first two weeks of the Tour, so they can use him in the last few mountain stages. Thomas said: “He’ll come into his own after the time trial, he’s ‘Third Week Wout’. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN SPORT \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tOut the JOR\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWest Ham flop Hugill set for Wigan having earned £90k a-MINUTE and NEVER scored\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tCRIST ALMIGHTY!\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tRonaldo's Juve won't be in FIFA 20 after club sign exclusive deal with PES\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tPREVIEW\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tIs Celtic vs Sarajevo on TV? Channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tAmp It Up\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tLampard confirms Chelsea want to send Ethan Ampadu on loan with Aston Villa keen\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tunited news\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMan Utd transfer news LIVE - Latest news and gossip from Old Trafford\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tGunners news\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tArsenal transfer news LIVE - Latest updates and gossip from the Emirates\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tSal good for Gunners\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tArsenal beat Spurs to Saliba transfer in ‘£27m plus add-ons’ deal\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tNo Harry to go\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMan Utd to flog defender if Maguire joins but Lindelof says it won’t be him\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\trub of the green\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tEngland star Stokes WRONGLY awarded extra run that could've led to NZ win\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tZAN UNITED\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMan Utd hope to steal Roma ace Zaniolo from under Spurs' noses with £25m bid\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe is in the Yellow Jersey as the race heads into the Pyrenees EPA Thomas’ Cardiff pal Luke Rowe revealed he burned 5,500 calories on a Tour de France stage this year AFP or licensors “Basically first 10 days he’s been told just to finish the stage and try and help the guys in the first 20km.” Aussie sprinter Caleb Ewan won Wednesday’s bunch sprint into Toulouse, edging out Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen. Thomas remains second, 1min 12sec behind Alaphilippe with Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal four seconds behind in third. \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t'