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Old 06-24-10, 09:23 AM   #1
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Question about post-race rub down

I just watched a documentary about the Tour and it showed the riders getting their upper body rubbed down with a pad. What does this do?
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It's probably part of a recovery massage. They may be using a pad to reduce friction or soreness. Or maybe because it spreads the force out over a larger area. Which helps flush body toxins out into the lymph system for removal. It might also be to help the upper body recover from staying in a similar position for several hours.
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