Velon's 'Road to 2018' series shines a light on the work done by all riders and teams during the important month of December: training, medical testing, kit ordering, bike assembly and more.
With input from Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb, BMC Racing Team, Lotto Soudal, Team Sky, Trek-Segafredo and others, we take a deep dive into several key areas for every professional cycling team:
We speak to Quick-Step Floors sprint coach Tom Steels - winner of nine Tour de France stages - about specific sprint and lead-out training for next season.
How does a pro cycling team handle nutrition during the winter, and how do they plan for next year? We speak to Lotto Soudal's chef and nutrition consultant to find out.
Velon speaks to Trek-Segafredo service course manager at 'construction time' - when the team's new bikes are assembled for training camps ahead of the new season.
The new EF-Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale kit was unveiled to great acclaim in November. We speak to the people behind its design, development and distribution.
What does it take to win a one-day Classic? We speak to Team Sunweb about how they prepare for some of the most demanding and technical races of the season.
We speak to Team LottoNL-Jumbo sportive director Merijn Zeeman about planning his riders' race schedules for the new season.
Velon caught up with Dr. Max Testa, who has more than 35 years of experience in pro cycling, about physiological and medical testing ahead of the new season.
An interview with Rory Sutherland, who is switching from Movistar Team to UAE Team Emirates in 2018, about what it's like to move teams.
We talk to Owain Doull (Team Sky) and Team LottoNL-Jumbo DS Merijn Zeeman about specific time-trial training ahead of the new cycling season.
In the final part of the Velon Road to 2018 series, Team Sunweb GC contender Wilco Kelderman tells Velon about climb training - and why it's possible to enjoy the suffering of Grand Tour mountain-climbing when you're in good form.