The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

Michael Donlevy 27 Feb 2018 It starts with fasted rides but goes much further than that, but not all experts are convinced of its benefits Where are you in your training programme? There’s a fair chance that, even if you didn’t balloon over Christmas, you’re trying to lose a few pounds while laying the groundwork for the year ahead. There’s one way of doing it that’s become a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) in recent times: ‘fasted training’. But there’s also an extension of that which edges towards the extremes of what many coaches believe is feasible. It’s guaranteed to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, but it also requires you to ditch the carbohydrate that most of us use for fuel. It’s called ‘fat-adapted training’. It starts with fasted training, so that’s where we’ll begin. Quite simply, this is when you ride on an empty stomach. ‘The easiest ...

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Alejandro Valverde interview: Back to his best

Laura Meseguer 26 Feb 2018 Fresh from his win at the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Alejandro Valverde discusses his return to form with Laura Meseguer With his victory in the Queen stage and overall classification of the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde has already achieved eight victories in just 14 days of competition in 2018. Seven months after his heavy crash at the Tour de France that could have cost him his career, Valverde is back and stronger than ever. I first spoke with Valverde during la Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana, when he was in a near-ecstatic state. He took his first victory of the season during the second stage of the race, and for him it was one of the most important of his career. It proved that nothing was lost in the crash seven months ago at the Tour de France, when he broke ...

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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic skill set enabling him to win across a number of formats. There are few riders who can go toe-to-toe with Peter Sagan one week, and then ride at the head of affairs in the mountains the next. The all-rounder won both summit finish stages at the Volta ao Algarve, and carried away the overall crown after a daring raid on the final stage. Heading into the spring classics, he once more looks like a force to reckoned with. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a big ...

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Buyer's guide: Best skincare products for cyclists

BikesEtc 27 Feb 2018 Your face is one of the few bits of your body that’s left exposed if you ride at this time of year. Here are the best ways to protect it There’s no two ways about it – ride a bike at this time of year and your face takes a bit of a battering. Wind, cold, sweat, grime, pollution and rain will all conspire to slap your chops about. This can result in anything from spots and rashes, to dry skin and premature ageing. Thankfully, though, there are a number of products on the market designed to protect and nourish a cyclist’s skin. Here’s our rundown of the best skincare products for cyclists See related Into the detail: Looking deeper into the Froome salbutamol case Tom Dumoulin showcases World Championships kit and special bike ahead of season debut Giro d'Italia 2018: Route confirmed Tour de France ...

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Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Museeuw: 'Froome should get a one-year ban'

Jack Elton-Walters 22 Feb 2018 Johan Museeuw speaks about the ongoing Chris Froome saga Many former and current professional cyclists have offered their opinion on the Chris Froome salbutamol saga , some unprompted and others only when they're asked. Fitting into the latter category is retired Classics rider and former World Champion Johan Museeuw, who opens up on his thoughts only when questioned about it. Stories and rumours have abounded about how the case might play out, with one report that Froome had negotiated a six-month suspension dismissed immediately by the rider . For Museeuw, the approach the authorities need to take is clear, when he says that 'they have to do something otherwise it's not a good direction for cycling' with regards to a suspension for Froome. 'It [salbutamol] is not really a product that you can use for going faster, he needed it for his asthma,' Museeuw adds. ...

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Wellens wins the Ruta del Sol after decisive dirt road time trial

Tim Wellens on course during the stage 5 time trial at Ruta del Sol

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) secured overall victory at the Ruta del Sol with a cool and collected ride in the 14km final time trial that included a long spectacular section of dirt roads. Wellens started the final 14km time trial with a lead of seven seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) and 11 seconds on Wout Poels (Team Sky) after winning Saturday's uphill stage to Alcala de los Gazules. He lost three seconds to the Dutchman but did enough to secure overall victory by eight seconds. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) won the time trial in a time of 17:11, with Wellens setting a time of 17:25. Poels set an excellent time of 17:22 but he came up short. Marc Soler (Movistar) finished fifth in the time trial and so gained enough time to move up to third overall, at 27 seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) finished fourth at ...

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Rua del Sol: Tim Wellens wins uphill finish in Alcala de los Gazules

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) celebrates his win on the uphill finish

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) used his Classics skills to win the uphill, cobbled finish at Alcalá de los Gazules Saturday at Ruta del Sol , surging away from Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the stage and gaining enough time on Wout Poels (Team Sky) to also take the overall race lead. The break of the day was caught as the gradient kicked up at 19 per cent and then Landa and Wellens took control. They opened a gap on the narrow lane and then Wellens kicked away on the final section to win by five seconds. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was third at 12 seconds, with Poels at 13 seconds. Wellens took the leader's red jersey and now leads Landa by seven seconds, with Poels slipping to third at 11 seconds. The final overall winner will be decided in Sunday's 14.2km individual time trial on a loop near Barbate. ...

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Chris Froome completes Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double

Chris Froome on the final Vuelta podium in Madrid

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) sealed the Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double, finishing the final stage of the Spanish Grand Tour safely in the back. The stage was won by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), who held off late challenges from Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to take the spoils in Madrid. Froome finished 11th on the stage, doing enough to also secure the points jersey ahead of Trentin. In wining, Froome becomes the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and the Vuelta, and the first British rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour. The Team Sky leader has now won five Grand Tours in a remarkable five-year spell. The stage in Madrid also marked Alberto Contador 's (Trek Segafredo) final outing. The winner on the Angliru stage led the race into Madrid to take the applause from the home ...

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