Taste of the Tour: Salty riders in the town of ‘white gold’

CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France --- At the Tour de France, it's time to talk about salt. Through their sweat, Tour riders lose several grams of salt a day, often visible as white stains on their shorts and jerseys after long, hot rides like the 230 kilometers (143 miles) they covered on Friday on Stage 7, the longest this month. Dylan Groenewegen clocked an astounding 74 kph (46 mph) in a finishing sprint that won the Dutch rider the stage; Giulio Ciccone kept the yellow jersey. As it happens, the hilly and then largely flat route from Belfort, a town of 50,000 people in eastern France where fried carp is a specialty, to the more central riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saone saw the 174 ...Keep on reading: Taste of the Tour: Salty riders in the town of ‘white gold’

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