Five times fuelling changed the race

Alberto Contador (Astana) suffered a famous hunger knock at the 2009 Paris-Nice after Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne) went on the attack
Alberto Contador (Astana) suffered a famous hunger knock at the 2009 Paris-Nice after Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne) went on the attack (Image credit: PASCAL PAVANIAFP via Getty Images)

At the top level of bike racing, fuelling properly and at the right time is vital.

Riders at top-level races such as the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, and the Giro d'Italia take on an endless number of water bottles, energy drinks, snacks, and energy bars day after day in order to perform at their best and keep energy levels up for brutal mountain ascents and fast finishes.

Senior news writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix