Nutrition has a central place in the performance strategy of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and that is why sports dietitian Jana Camphens has been working for the Belgian World Team since 2021, alongside nutritionist Adam Plucinski. During her career, Jana worked with high-level athletes at the Centre for Sports Medecine of UZ Ghent, the Bakala Academy and EnergyLab. Together, Jana Camphens and Adam Plucinski establish individual nutrition strategies for all riders, aligned with the goals and race calendar defined by the performance team. The riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert already took advantage of this expertise in 2021 and a more narrow collaboration has been set up in the preparation for the upcoming season.
Since this winter, the nutritional monitoring was tightened so all riders receive individual advice next to the group meetings. The team is mapped through skinfold measurements and somatotyping, and the amounts ingested are calculated. These tests allow the nutrition team to provide individual nutritional strategies for all riders and help them improve their performances towards their specific goals.
The pre-season meetings are great opportunities to teach the riders new nutrition strategies and to suggest new recipes. The two chefs working for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert collaborate closely with the nutrition department. During the training camp in Spain in January, Italian chef Massimo Carolo cooks a buffet for all riders twice a day.