Did AI give Jonas Vingegaard the edge in last year's Tour de France?

Jumbo-Visma worked with an AI researcher to create the perfect rider diet – seems to have worked for the Dane

Tour de France 2022
Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 on the Hautacam in last year's Tour de France
(Image credit: Anne-Marie Poujoulat / AFP / Getty)

Jumbo-Visma has teamed up with an AI researcher in a move that might just have given Jonas Vingegaard the edge in last year's Tour de France.

Kristian van Kuijk and colleagues from Maastricht University employed machine learning and mathematical modelling to help the WorldTour team plan its riders' diets, reports New Scientist.

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