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

Friday Feature: An interview with FDJ’s Sophie Chavanel

Before she headed off to the Tour Down Under, I sat on the VeloVoices terrace and shared a cup of coffee and a chat in the warm winter sunshine [not in the UK, then –Ed] with Sophie Chavanel. Sophie is a physiotherapist with French WorldTour team FDJ, and is also married to Europcar’s Sebastien Chavanel, the younger – and, in my opinion, the better looking – of the two Chavanel brothers. Continue reading