The secret life of a soigneur

This all-consuming role is part housekeeper, part masseur, part confidant and, well, part dogsbody. Just don’t push them too far...

Photo: Russell Ellis

Like the Scouts, to be a soigneur on a professional cycling team you have to always be prepared. For what, exactly, is where things start to get more complicated.

“You get asked a lot what is a soigneur, what does a soigneur do? It’s a question that I don’t think I’ve ever truly found the answer to,” says Garry Beckett, one of the most experienced soigneurs in the peloton today. He has worked for British Cycling, on the six-day scene, and currently works for WorldTour team Cannondale.

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