Working with British Cycling

CNP Professional has created a laboratory in its Manchester headquarters where small batches of new products can be made up, tried and tweaked. One of the things CNP has done there is to design a new energy gel using feedback from Team Sky's riders, explains Nigel Mitchell, Head of Nutrition at British Cycling. CNP also cleverly made use of new research into the body's instant power response to the presence of carbohydrate in the mouth, so that the gel coats the rider's mouth more quickly. CNP...

Weird hobbies

The endless rotation of room-mates sick of the constant strumming. Wiggo loves his music and is the owner of an impressive guitar collection, in which his Fender Stratocaster takes pride of place. Wiggo's also known to be a bit of a hoarder he collects boxing memorabilia and Olympic medals, and went through a phase of accumulating empty Belgian beer bottles (once full). It's not about the pike the Schleck brothers have their own fishing pond, a placid spot where they can go to...

Joop Zoetemelk

Zoetemelk peaked in 1974 on Mont Faron We talk to a Tour de France winner about a great day he had on Mont Faron. What is the biggest memory you have of Mont Faron Winning the stage that finished there in the 1974 Paris-Nice. It put me on my way to winning Paris-Nice for the first time. That would be a good memory, but what makes it special was the form I had in 1974.1 won Paris-Nice, Semana Catalana and the Tour of Romandy. I had gone up a level and thought I could really challenge Eddy Merckx...

Of the modern era

Rik Van Looy

No subjective weighting of different races according to prestige, just a pure and simple record of who's won the most. Who really is the greatest winner of modern times Everyone knows the answer to this question Who has won the most bike races of all time It was Eddy Merckx. The Cannibal. Eddy the Insatiable. In his pomp he won 40,50 races a season. He dominated Grand Tours and Classics and everything in between. Merckx was the most complete rider of them all, a figure who loomed over the late...

Theyre just too nice

Cadel Evans And Molly 2012

It wasn't just for the creative imagery that we liked Andy Schleck saying my stomach is full of anger at the Tour, immediately after Chaingate. At last, we were going to see a fight. We like fights. Then Alberto Contador and Schleck kissed and made up, and Schleck even earnestly looked at the TV cameras and begged the fans to stop being nasty to Alberto and refrain from booing him at presentations. He even threw his insubstantial weight behind Contador's implausible explanations for the...