Friday Feature: An interview with RadioShack’s Maxime Monfort

When I first moved to the Cote d’Azur I used to regularly see a group of cyclists whom I dubbed ‘The Four Musketeers’. To me they seemed the epitome of professionalism and a credit to their team: always smartly clad, helmeted and on gleaming steeds. I’ve finally had the pleasure of interviewing all four of them for VeloVoices, with GC contender and former Belgian time trial champion Maxime Monfort now completing the quartet. I caught up with Maxime recently after the difficult stage three in Vuelta al Pais Vasco which finished on a 400-metre, 21% ramp! Continue reading

On tour with Sophie Chavanel: Tales from Flanders

We’re still not quite ready to say farewell to the cobbles, even though the Ardennes classics are well under way. Here’s another behind-the-scenes report from Sophie Chavanel, physiotherapist at French WorldTour team FDJ, who has kindly agreed to share her experiences and insights with us. Her first report explained how the team coped with sunburn, heat, niggling injuries and the wildlife, her second showed how the team and support staff overcame problems in a rain-soaked Tirreno-Adriatico, and her third focuses on the cobbled classics – hard races for everyone. Continue reading