John just sent me over this article today that highlights a study just published here in France. They took all the French TdF participants from the modern era (after WWII) and compared lifespan (among other things) with the general population. This result was that these guys lived 6.3 years longer than the Great Unwashed.
What this means is hard to say and, like the article points out, is only focusing on one aspect of a person’s life (being a TdF rider) and not, for example, their socio-economic reality, etc.
But I will take this as positive news and I am hoping that my 20,000 meters of climbing in Haute Route counts for at least a few extra weeks above ground.