Widespread use of legal performance-enhancing 'Maurten' hydrogel in peloton a 'small revolution for endurance sport'

The product, apparently used by 40 per cent of teams in the peloton, doubles the amount of carbohydrate able to be ingested without the gastric discomfort

The Tour de France peloton
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The latest, legal performance-enhancing substance to grip the peloton is a Swedish-made hydrogel that allows athletes to double the amount of carbohydrate, and therefore sugar, they ingest without any added gastric discomfort.

'Maurten', first produced in the Scandinavian country back in 2015, reports French newspaper Ouest France, took a while to make it to the peloton, but after the product contributed to Alberto Bettiol's Tour of Flanders victory in 2019 as well as marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge's sub-two hour marathon last year, the bunch began to take notice.

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