How a Cycling Team Turned the Falcons Into NFC Champions

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Those guys aren’t soft. You can’t ride 2,200 miles in 21-plus days and be mentally soft.
—Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta Falcons GM

Forget the Golden State Warriors and Real Madrid. The best team in the sports world is cycling’s Team Sky. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff has studied their methods over the past two summers, and so far, it’s working.

Team Sky’s competitive philosophy centers around something that the team’s general manager, Sir Dave Brailsford, refers to as “the aggregation of marginal gains.” Rather than searching for the one thing that could vault them ahead of their competitors, Brailsford and Co. try to create as many tiny advantages as they can—through things like maintaining consistent sleeping habits and hiring a surgeon to teach cyclists how to avoid illness. Add them all up, and you get five Tour De France wins in the past six years. They have an unlikely disciple in Dimitroff, one of the best general managers in the NFL, who has studied the approach in an attempt to bring some marginal gains to the football field.

Apologies to the Golden State Warriors and Real Madrid, but Team Sky is the best sports team in the world. Last Sunday, Froome won the Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain), the team’s latest triumph in its latest incredible year, which featured their third consecutive Tour De France victory.

Full article from The Ringer here.
 

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