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Tom Boonen’s orange juice challenge

You can talk about watts per kilo, FTP, and max power until you’re blue in the face, but can you juice as many oranges as Tom Boonen while riding a stationary bike? Lidl, a German supermarket chain that sponsors Etixx – Quick-Step, has devised a new way to measure cycling performance, outfitting a stationary bike with a juicing machine, and Boonen has set the bar (or bottle) pretty high, producing 33cl of orange juice in one kilometer. If you find yourself in Ghent, Belgium Saturday for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, you can ride this contraption and see how you stack up against the seven-time monument winner. Lidl will also bring the juicer to Dwars door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Scheldeprijs, Brabantse Pijl, Flèche Wallonne, and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

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