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Train for l’Etape du Tour on the French Riviera!

“Côte d’Azur, official training camp for l’Etape du Tour”

Each year, l’Etape du Tour is one of the most famous sportive, attracting thousands of riders.
This year, the race will take place on July, between Pau and Hautacam climb, through the legendary Col du Tourmalet.


In partnership with Visit Côte d’Azur, Jean-Baptiste Wiroth, founder of WTS-The Coaching Company, invites you to train with him on beautiful French Riviera in order to prepare for the Etape.

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Jean-Baptiste offers “à la carte” training depending on your needs, with the following options :

– Ride the most beautiful climbs of the area : Col de la Bonnette, Col du Turini, Col de Braus, Col de la Couillole, Col de la Lombarde, or the famous Col de la Madone
– Ground testing in the Col de Vence.
– Lab testing with Dr. Stéphane Bermon at the Monaco Sports Medicine Institute.
– Massages with Jean-Christophe Tiphaigne, masseur of professional riders (Froome, Hushovd …).
– Swimming and running sessions for triathletes
– Nutritional assessment with Dagmar Geiselhardt, sport dietician.
– Ride the sportive : Cîmes du Mercantour on June, Cyclo Valberg June, just one month before the Etape du Tour!



And of course … sun and fun !

NB : The first 5 registered will receive a free entry for the Etape du Tour offered by the Visit Côte d’Azur!



Feel free to contact Jean-Baptiste for a custom program !







Haute Route : Stage 1 Analysis – Geneva/Megève

Sunday, August 18 will start the Haute Route Alps in Geneva. We will use the last 10 days before D-Day to decrypt each of the 7 stages.

Stage 1
With a 4 stars ranking (out of 5), the first stage will be difficult to manage with 153km, 3 major climbs and 3300m ascent.

The main difficulty of the course will be two manage successively the two main climbs : col de l’Encrenaz and Col de Joux Plane, 28.5 km cumulative ascent with almost no recovery time.


My advices
– Be carefull with the “euphoria” of the start, you have 25km untimed to warm up progressively before entering the timed section.
– Save energy for the second half of the week. Stay in your endurance zone (less than 90% of maximum heart rate), even in the climbs.
– Feed yourself regularly (water, energy drink, solid food) to avoid glycogen depletion.
– Be carefull with the Heineken booth after the finish line.
– Enjoy this unique moment 😉

Escort Coaching
WTS offers an escort coaching service for those who need to be coached during the race.
I’ll be there throughout the race to specifically coach few riders.
To benefit from this service :


Testimony from Mike Schmidt

mike-schmidtIn 2011 I first learned how to swim and completed a half ironman race.  Less than a year later, Eric became my coach and helped me complete Ironman Wisconsin.

Eric quickly assessed my skills and devised a challenging and rewarding training plan. By race day I felt confident in my ability to complete this long endurance event.

I fully enjoyed my training and learned a lot about my athletic skills.  Eric was always very accessible and responded to my questions almost hourly.  I learned how to train like an athlete, as well as enhancing my daily workouts.

As a cardiologist and member of the American College of Sports Medicine, I continue to enjoy frequent conversations with Eric about exercise physiology.   This furthers both our knowledge and professional expertise in sports science and athletic training.

Mike Schmidt


Congratulations to Dirk Izzo

cliente-gauthier-wts-dirk-izzo-Congratulations to Dirk Izzo for his 2nd place at the 120km Batam Six Bridges bike race in Indonesia today! You are officially a triathlete AND a cyclist now!