If we look at wiggo's BMI he is over the 17.5 that is considered to be clinically 'anorexic'.
At 190cm and weighing between 70-77kg depending on the time of year. Even at 70kg his BMI is still 19.4. Which isnt that low for an elite athlete.
Wiggo would have to get down to 62kg and get a BMI of 17.2 to be clinically classified as 'anorexic'.
Sure lots of riders cut weight by cutting out the junk but some ride clean and light and when they dont perform,people think its cos they are too light..
At the end of the day, only the riders themselves know what works and what doesnt for them.
Here is some photos of Tyler. During the 2003 TDF..
And here is a photo during off season, team photos.
Ive raced in europe myself and have seen first hand the pressures riders have to be race weight and thats ok but there is a way to do it healthfully with a good nutrient dense diet/smart training and there is a way to do it via starvation and overtraining. Both yield a similar BMI but only one way lets you actually perform like you look like you should. Ive read a few of the nutritional reports TeamSky
has put out and if the riders are limiting their carb intake like they say they are, then that means they are getting more calories from protein and fat and that equals heavy legs and being spat out the back when the hammer gets dropped. Why dont they have their riders riding with full glycogen tanks so they can train to that optimum BMI rather than starve and end up overtraining to reach the same BMI and then having depression due to serotonin production issues from lack of carbs and end up starting to relying on other methods to perform.
Ive spoken with Dr Ferrari (anyone can, he is an approachable guy) and even he says the biggest thing he sees with riders is not eating enough carbs to train proper.
Bottom line:When athletes start each day with full glycogen tanks and keep them full, they wont want to eat the junk that slaps on excess weight that drives the whole disordered eating/eating disorders that we see all too common in society/sports today.
Ive raced with riders that took appetite suppresants and almost went crazy from being so undercarbed. I said 'why not just eat proper and cut out the fatty, greasy,salty junk?'. Sometimes the solution is so simple, people are shocked at the answer..
Good to see Levi has worked it out over the last few years though. Wiggo should ask Levi about his diet.