Inside the Lab | Chris Froome entered a laboratory in west London for physiological testing after winning his second Tour de France in August 2015. The results have been pored over since they were made public, and their significance debated – not least by The Cycling Podcast.

Our first Friends Special of 2016 takes you inside the lab – not to go over old ground, but to give you a flavour of what it was like on the day; to listen to Froome talking about his reasons for doing the tests; and to hear from the scientists who conducted them.

Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe then discuss what, if anything, we can learn from the tests – and turn their thoughts to the other factors that might explain or limit human performance.

What is a ‘mental handbrake,’ what might the ‘big bang of body types’ look like, and what has Lionel learned from following a power-based training programme?

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