Tech behind the two stripes: Auping Mattresses

THE SCIENTISTS AND EXPERTS AT TEAM SUNWEB CONTINUOUSLY WORK TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF IT’S ATHLETES BOTH PHYSICALLY AND THROUGH THE EQUIPMENT USED BY THE TEAM.

The team challenge themselves in every aspect of their elite sports environment, including nutrition, training and equipment. Vigorous and thorough testing of the products used enable them to excel as a team and be the best that they can be. The research of the team’s experts and scientists is based on extensive data analysis. Team Sunweb work alongside its partners DSM and Delft University of Technology using their facilities and wind tunnels to ensure that their equipment, nutrition, race kit and race data analysis are as efficient and effective as possible.

The latest innovations are streamlined along with Team Sunweb’s partners and are closely aligned with the team’s overall performance plan and specific race circumstances. A great and high-end example of one of the developments that Team Sunweb has made is through their mattress partner Auping, who provide custom mattresses for each rider on the team during the three annual Grand Tours.

“A top athlete needs quality training but also quality rest,” explained Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts. “Top sport requires a continuous tweaking of the factors that contribute to the final performance. A good night’s sleep can help the muscles to recover and the body to recharge for the following stages during a demanding race like the Vuelta. Good quality rest allows improved performance, and that’s precisely why we have chosen Auping.

“When spending three weeks on the road in different hotels it can be difficult to continually have rested nights of sleep. The biggest advantage of the Auping mattress is the specific adjustment to each rider. At the beginning of the season Auping look at the softness or hardness that is needed for each individual and match it accordingly. The mattresses are then transported across all 21 stages of a Grand Tour, so that they can sleep comfortably each night and feel fresh each morning.

“Another factor that is crucial to consider is the cleanliness of each mattress. The Auping mattresses have a removable and washable mattress cover so when we bring our own mattress, pillows and blankets we are certain that the hygiene is good and the spread of unwanted germs is limited.”

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