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Team Sky’s approach to nutrition + video

Wiggins, Brailsford and Thomas explain the importance of getting the right fuel

Team Sky have released a video with their nutrition partner CNP explaining the importance of nutrition to their success.

“When you consider the challenge of trying to win the Tour de France... you need a talented athlete, for sure, but nutrition is absolutely paramount,” says team principal Dave Brailsford.

“Managing the energy levels of the riders during a three week stage race is a challenge in itself, but then you have the recovery aspect so it’s not just nutrition as fuel, it’s nutrition to recover, it’s hydration... Nutrition for us is a greater percentage of our performance than in any other sport.”

Of course, Team Sky are hardly going to say nutrition is unimportant in a video put together with CNP, who are their official supplier of sports performance and hydration drinks but, on the other hand, they wouldn’t spend as much time and effort as they do getting it right if nutrition wasn’t vital.

“A lot of the things that we have now available to us have come from the riders – the riders tastes, the riders likes,” says Bradley Wiggins. “That’s really good as an athlete because we’re out there for seven or eight hours some days. It’s very important that what you are consuming on the bike you like.”

Dave Brailsford and Sky rider Geraint Thomas also speak about the importance of knowing that are products used by the team are uncontaminated, riders being responsible for everything in their system.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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don simon fbpe | 10 years ago

The whole thing is a commercial for CNP

Not too sure I can agree with this.
Having watched the video I've come away wanting a Pinarello Frame, a Fizik saddle, some Rapha attire, a SKY subscription and a banana!
Only joking. I've already got some bananas...  35

VeloPeo | 10 years ago

Agree - would be a shame to see go down the B**eR***r route of every other "article" being an badly disguised advert. It's thankfully rare on here

Quince | 10 years ago

"Nutrition is important."

I think that's all the meaningful content dealt with.

mingmong | 10 years ago

Expected to see Nige at least!

HarrogateSpa | 10 years ago

For Froome's sake, what an absolute load of saddlebags.

I read the article and watched the video hoping to learn something about nutrition, maybe the odd tip? Not a bit of it. The whole thing is a commercial for CNP. Oh, and what you eat and drink is very important - stop the presses!

Really and truly,, before you publish, you could stop and ask, is this of any value other than as an advert?

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