Slush puppies and women's tights: how Tour de France riders keep cool

Low budget and hi-tec; riders at the Tour de France turn to some innovative solutions in the heatwave at the Grand Depart of the 2015 Tour de France.

Tim Wellens cools off on stage five of the 2015 Dauphine-LIbere

(Image credit: Watson)

It might be an all male peloton that rolls out of Utrecht this weekend, but the 2015 Tour de France could get through its fair share of women’s hosiery during the Grand Depart in the Netherlands.

Teams have turned to women’s tights full of ice to keep cool in the hot conditions, where temperatures have already exceeded 35 degrees and are expected to remain hot and muggy this weekend for the opening 13.8km time trial and Sunday’s 166km road stage to Zealand.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.