Velon Road to 2018

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:

Tom Steels, Quick-Step Floors' sprint coach, wins the Belgian national championship in 2004 (BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty)

Sprint training with Tom Steels (Quick-Step Floors)

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. 

Lotto Soudal's André Greipel at the 2017 Tour (Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty)

Off-season nutrition and planning with Lotto Soudal chef Carol De Dobbelaere

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.

Building bikes for the new season - with Trek-Segafredo’s Kenneth Van de Wiele

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 

New kit with EF-Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 

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.

Mike Teunissen rides Dwars Door Vlaanderen (Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty)

Classics training with Team Sunweb: Theuns, Teunissen and DS Aike Visbeek

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.

Race schedule planning with Merijn Zeeman, Team LottoNL-Jumbo

We speak to Team LottoNL-Jumbo sportive director Merijn Zeeman about planning his riders' race schedules for the new season.

Dr. Max Testa examines Fran Ventoso (Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty)

Medical and physiological testing with Dr. Max Testa, BMC Racing Team

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.

Velon road to 2018: changing teams with Rory Sutherland

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.

Alex Dowsett rides a time trial in Doha (Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty)

Time trial training with Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Sky

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.

Wilco Kelderman during the 2017 Vuelta (Photo: Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty)

Climb training with Wilco Kelderman, Team Sunweb

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.

Don't miss: