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 make is their nutrition partner BORN, who’s products are used across all three programs in the team.
“Our sports nutrition is developed in close cooperation with BORN, so we are always provided with the best products and have the added advantage of helping to continually improve the different products that our riders use during training and racing,” explained Team Sunweb’s nutrition expert Titia van der Stelt.
“On a hot day in a race like the Vuelta, riders would typically take on at least eight bottles of ‘BORN Iso Pro’, which provides optimum carbohydrates and electrolytes. This ensures that riders are well fuelled and hydrated throughout each stage. Riders would also drink two bottles of ‘BORN Iso Pro+’ which, in addition to the carbohydrates and electrolytes, contains amino acids which amplifies carbohydrate intake protecting the muscle from damage. This means that the recovery process has already begun whilst riders are racing.
“If a stage or race was extremely hot, we would also add ‘Watts & Minerals’ to their bottles. This product provides extra electrolytes and a new innovative ingredient called ‘Wattsup’. This product isolates the mitochondria (small energy fabrics) and energy intake is increased.
“Alongside a high intake of fluid, riders will also eat plenty during the race. BORN provides a variety of bars in different flavours so that there is a variety of options for riders to choose from. A frequent favourite amongst our riders tends to be the vanilla flapjack; a nice, non-sticky and easy chewable bar based on oats. If the race is hectic the ‘Super Liquid Gels’ are ideal because they are even easier to take on and swallow.
“The race or training session is not finished until a recovery process which is inclusive of nutrition is complete. The ‘Recovery+’ provides carbs to re-fuel and is also a great source of protein to re-build the PeptoPro amino acids, which are the fastest building blocks for the muscles.’’