Science in Sport (SiS) is celebrating the Tour de France victory by Team Sky rider, Chris Froome.
Completing the Tour de France in 89 hours 4 minutes and 48 seconds, Froome took the yellow jersey for the third time, after completing the 21 stage tour. Fuelling Froome and the team to victory in the three-week long competition was SiS, Team Sky’s Official Sports Nutrition Supplier.
It was SiS’ first Tour de France as part of Team Sky and throughout the Grand Tour, riders used SiS around the clock to aid hydration, energy, recovery and immunity. In total, Team Sky riders consumed a staggering:
· 570 GO Energy bars
· 580 GO Isotonic gels
· 180 GO Electrolyte gels
· 240 Go Energy+Caffeine gels
· 940 GO Electrolyte servings
· 180 REGO Rapid Recovery servings
· 210 Overnight protein servings
· 300 GO Hydro servings
Speaking about his success and the importance of nutrition, Froome said: “You push your body to the limit on a Grand Tour like the Tour de France, which is why nutrition is everything. Competing against the best cyclists in the world day after day is the greatest test anyone can endure, both mentally and physically, this is a team victory and not an individual achievement.
“Without the support of the other riders, coaches, staff and partners like SiS, this wouldn’t have been possible. Until you’re in this position, you don’t appreciate the importance of sports nutrition in aiding your performance and the marginal gains that it delivers.
“James and the team ensure that we are kept hydrated and remain fuelled with the right carbohydrates and proteins, as we compete in the greatest Grand Tour in the world. To win is a great achievement for everyone involved.”
Since becoming partners in January 2016, SiS nutrition experts have worked together with Dr James Morton, Head of Nutrition at Team Sky, to create bespoke products and tailored nutritional plans for each rider, to help the team achieve the marginal gains that have crowned them 2016 Tour champions.
Upon victory, James added: “Nutrition is the secret to success of any cycling team. Each product consumed during the Tour was specifically designed by SiS to benefit each athlete’s performance, enabling them to train harder, race faster and recover quicker than competitors”
Ashley Read, marketing director for SiS, said: “Science underpins everything we do and we’re really proud to have fuelled Team Sky to victory in our first year in partnership with them. We have a huge responsibility in fuelling the team to even more success in the years to come. Congratulations Team Sky!”
SiS products are manufactured in the UK at the company’s Innovation Centre in Lancashire. All SiS products are Informed-Sport tested and accredited; SiS worked closely with the HFL anti-doping laboratory to develop a world class evolved three-pronged testing system to minimise the risk of product contamination.
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