Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Behind the Scenes with Lotto Soudal's Mechanics at the Tour

After a Tour stage the mechanics need a few hours to get the bikes ready for the next day. The mechanics of Lotto Soudal use the products of the Soudal Cycling Range for this job.


Soudal, manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and polyurethane foam, developed a range of products to maintain bikes. The company, that could rely on many years of experience with chemical products, developed the Soudal Cycling Range in close cooperation with the mechanics of the Lotto Soudal team. It’s a range of fourteen products to clean, lubricate and mount bikes.


Erik De Groof, marketing manager retail Soudal: “When we entered the six-year-long partnership, the team asked us if we could develop a range of products for the maintenance of bikes. Soudal already had the knowledge of making products to clean and lubricate, it was only a matter of adjusting the new products to the needs of the Lotto Soudal mechanics. That’s why we worked so closely together with them to create the Soudal Cycling Range. The mechanics are very enthusiastic about the products. With this new range we can now enter a new market, the Soudal Cycling Range will be available for consumers this autumn.”


Frederik Moons, mechanic Lotto Soudal: “As a mechanic I was involved in the development of these new products. We told Soudal what kind of features were needed to create good products for maintaining bikes. The products need to sustain all kinds of weather. We use all products of the Soudal Cycling Range. The all weather lubricant is a product other brands don’t have. It’s in a handy spray can. Soudal was very professional. Nothing was too much for them. Their suppliers even came to our service course to talk with us, so they could supply Soudal with the best materials.”

SiS & Trek Factory Racing Team’s Guide for this Tour.

Fuelling Trek Factory is out now – a new guide about what it will take to complete this year’s Tour.The online guide features technical facts and figures about each stage of the race, including climb classifications, jersey colours, nutrition, and trivia.

Scrolling with the rider, the user can learn about climb levels and distance as well as what nutrition is needed for the particular stage, with information provided by SiS Nutrition and Fitness Expert, Emma Barraclough.

This guide was put together by Science in Sport to show exactly what it takes for a successful racing team such as Trek Factory Racing to continue competing at the highest level in the world’s most prestigious road cycling race.

The Fuelling Trek Factory Guide is free to use, can be viewed on any device and can be shared onsocial media or onto other websites or blogs.

Here is the link:

Science in Sport have previously created other such guides including the recent ‘SiS on Tour’ – aguide all about the Tour De France route.

Tony Gallopin 9th in first mountain stage of the Tour

Today was a first big test for the GC contenders, a stage of 167 kilometres from Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin with finish on an hors catégorie climb. It was a good day for Chris Froome. He won the stage and has reinforced his first position in the general classification. Lotto Soudal rider Tony Gallopin finished ninth at the top. The Frenchman is now seventh overall, 4’33” behind Froome. The man who wore yellow on the way to La Planche des Belles Filles exactly one year ago had a big smile after the finish.


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2105 Tour de France Stage 11 Preview

The 11th stage of the 2015 Tour de France runs 188kms from Pau to Cauterets-Vallee du Sain-Savin, and climbs are the order of the day. 



There is an intermediate sprint at 56.5kms in Pouzac, but there are 6 categorized climbs, including the HC of the Tourmalet, which will be the true test:

  • Km 48.5 - Côte de Loucrup2 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 3
  • Km 61.5 - Côte de Bagnères-de-Bigorre1.4 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 4
  • Km 74.5 - Côte de Mauvezin2.7 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 3
  • Km 117.0 - Col d'Aspin (1 490 m)12 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 1
  • Km 147.0 - Col du Tourmalet (2 115 m) Souvenir Jacques Goddet17.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category H
  • Km 184.5 - Côte de Cauterets6.4 kilometre-long climb at 5% - category 3

If anyone has the courage to attack, this could be a good chance to make up some of the time lost on Stage 10.  But, with so many climbs, it comes down to a question of tactics.  

Nairo jumps into TDF podium

Briton Chris Froome (SKY) increased his gap as leader of the 2015 Tour de France with a solo victory in La Pierre-Saint-Martin (HC), first mountain-top finish of the 'Grande Boucle', after 167km where the Movistar Team took a starring role in the making of the course.



It was Imanol Erviti and Alex Dowsett's task to reduce gaps early with the day's breakaway -Fédrigo (BSE) and Vanbilsen (COF), who ammassed a 15' margin- and keep a steady, high pace which prepared things for a steep climb, in hot conditions and with terrain enough to see big gaps. At the botton of the ascent, Anacona, Castroviejo, Herrada and a notable Gorka Izagirre successively shrank the group, with the likes of Costa (LAM), Péraud (ALM), Pinot (FDJ), Urán (EQS), Mollema (TFR) or even Nibali (AST) losing contact.


Read more: Nairo jumps into TDF podium

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