What’s it really like being a WorldTour pro? A day in the life of Harry Tanfield

Does the glitz and glamour make up for the merciless physical strain? To find out, Jim Cotton headed to Spain to spend a full 24 hours shadowing Katusha-Alpecin’s Harry Tanfield

What does a pro rider get up to when they’re not racing? What makes up a normal day in the life of a super-fit young athlete paid to ride their bike across sun-drenched Continental landscapes? They’re living the dream, we cry! Surely it’s all masseuses, mechanics and chef-prepared smoothies? But does the reality align with our fantasies? Let’s find out, shall we?

Last month Cycling Weekly was lucky enough spend a full 24 hours with Harry Tanfield at his training base in Spain. We wanted to learn about the daily realities of being a top-flight pro, away from the cut and thrust of racing — and find out which parts of an elite protocol we might benefit from applying to our own routines.

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