The Abu Dhabi Tour just published an article that said that at the Abu Dhabi Tour, the teams at the race used 25000 water bottles. That is just for a 4 day stage race. Divide that by the 107 riders that started the race and it comes to nearly 60 bottles per day/per rider. Anyone going for this?
So if you were the water bottle fetcher for one of the teams, you would have had to drop back, say, 50 times, if you could carry 6 bottles back to your team, 300 total, plus the 60 that you were going to use. That means you would have 2 miles on a 100 mile stage to drop back into the caravan, get the bottles and pass them out again. Pretty much a continuous rotation.
Maybe they are counting all the water bottles they gave out to the public for souvenirs during the race? But that wasn’t what the article implied. Maybe just an inflated number? Guess they think that is an impressive thing? Shows me it was just really hot, no matter what the real figure was.