How The Pros Spend The Off-Season Break

Felix Lowe 1 Feb 2021 Unlike the rest of us, pros can’t spend the winter getting fat in front of the TV. Felix Lowe looks at how they stay in shape off-season Remember the good old days of Bjarne’s boot camp? You’d be enjoying your Christmas holidays, wondering what the pros had been up to since Lombardia, then you’d stumble across an online story with images of ‘General’ Riis in camo gear putting his CSC Saxo boys through a savage 48-hour survival test in the dank, dark woods of Denmark. Tucking into a turkey sandwich, you’d wince on reading how landlubber superstar Ivan Basso had been thrown overboard a kilometre from the shore of the Baltic Sea, his teammates forced to tow their non-swimming captain safely to shore. You’d see some burly Danish squaddie submit this gaggle of spindly cyclists to various attack-and-hostage scenarios, or night-navigation ops in severe conditions. ...

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