Climb like a Grand Tour stage winner

How to climb faster without losing weight? Chris Marshall-Bell asks all-star selection of WorldTour stage winners

(Image credit: Russ Ellis)

Summer is upon us and that means, first and foremost for us cyclists, watching the Tour de France and Vuelta a España – and wishing that we could climb as well as the peloton’s mountain goats. 

Only a few will ever be able to match the rhythm and acceleration set by the world’s finest, but that’s not to say we can’t learn from that. To that end, we turned to a selection of climbing specialists to ask their advice on how to hit new heights in our ascending ability.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.