Sky chef, Sky nutrition article

"The concept of marginal gains is one that's underpinned our work, development and success over the last few years. Most of those things were in place already, so what we did this year was focus massively on the basics," says Nigel Mitchell when I ask him if he made any changes to his approach for what has been the most successful year in British cycling history.

And Mitchell feels that there are lessons ordinary cyclists can learn from his approach. "Club riders can get diverted by looking at the tweaks we do and overlook the basics, but we've proved this year that getting the basics right is crucial, and the other stuff, the marginal gains, just lies on top of that. In fact they won't work unless you get the basics right," he says.

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