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The Science of the Tour de France


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A fascinating insight into the science of the modern Tour de France peloton. A winning performance at the world's greatest bike race starts in the laboratory - and we're not talking doping. James Witts takes us into the world of marginal gains to find out how today's elite cyclists gain the advantage - physically, mentally and mechanically.

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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.


If you want to find out what goes into becoming a cyclist at the elite level, this book could be right up your street. It is also full of tips and advice from the professionals themselves on how to improve your cycling performance. * Cycling Weekly *
jammed with contributions from the likes of Marcel Kittel, Bauke Mollema and current World Champion Peter Sagan. No serious Tour de France nut's bookshelf should be without a copy! * BikesEtc *
[a] great explanation of the science involved in professional races, with plenty you can use to benefit your own cycling -- Richard Peploe * road.cc *
an in-depth study of the ongoing arms race in bike and rider tech that Tour teams are having to use for their 'marginal gains' instead of just pumping everyone full of EPO. * Stuff *
easy to understand and packed with useful information... Club riders will love the read; competitive riders will live by its valuable scientific advice, and lifestyle weekend warriors will latch onto the pub ammo facts about the science behind drafting and exactly why the peloton can comfortably ride at 30mph. If you're looking to find a way of trimming a few seconds from your next outing, read on. * Outdoor Fitness *
this book can take you to the next level. There's easily applicable advice, and there's fascinating insight about how meticulous the pros' preparations are * Mr Hyde *
In spellbinding detail along with magnificent photography and graphics the author carefully explains what it takes to ride this most punishing of races spread over almost an entire month of varied and arduous competition. * philosophyfootball.com *
engrossing...highly recommended * Freewheeling France *
A revelation... this gives us mere mortals a glimpse behind the wizard's curtain to show us just how scientific research and modern technology is being used to help pro racers ride ever faster * Bikes etc *

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