The Science of the Tour de France: Training secrets of the world’s best cyclists

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 16, 2016 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a world-class cyclist.

James Witts invites you into the world of marginal gains to discover the innovative training techniques, nutrition strategies and cutting-edge gear that are giving today's elite cyclists the competitive advantage.

Find out why Formula One telemetry is key to more bike speed; how power meters dictate training sessions and race strategy; how mannequins, computational fluid dynamics and wind-tunnels are elevating aerodynamics to the next level; why fats and training on water alone are popular in the peloton; and why the future of cycling will involve transcranial brain stimulation and wearable technology.

With contributions from the world's greatest riders, including Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan and Bauke Mollema, and the teams that work alongside them: Etixx-Quick Step, Team Sky, Tinkoff, Movistar, BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo and many more. Also meet the teams' sports scientists, coaches, nutritionists and chefs, who reveal the pioneering science that separates Contador and Cancellara from the recreational rider.
To win the Tour de France takes stamina, speed, strength… and science.
 

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Contents

THE BIRTHPLACE OF MODERN CYCLING
10
POSITION PREPARE PERFORM
30
3 FUELLING UP TO THE TOUR
50
4 TRAINING FOR THE TOUR
68
5 BIKE AND WHEEL INNOVATION
84
CLOTHING HELMETS AND SADDLES
108
7 IN SEARCH OF OXYGEN
126
ASCENDING TO THE GODS
146
9 RACE FUELLING
166
10 RAPID RECOVERY
184
11 BEAT THE HEAT
204
12 MARGINAL GAINS 20
224
GLOSSARY
232
INDEX
235
PICTURE CREDITS
240
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James Witts has a background in sports science, and is a writer for a number of magazines, including Cyclist, New Scientist, BikesEtc, 220 Triathlon, Runner's World, Men's Health and GQ.

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