They tend to wounds and provide much-needed mental support all year around, yet the wives and girlfriends of professional riders often feel left out in the sport's male-dominated world.
Cycling WAGS emerged into the public consciousness during last year's Tour de France when Chris Froome's partner Michelle Cound engaged in a Twitter clash with Bradley Wiggins's wife over Team Sky's tactics.
For once, pro riders' partners took a seat at the table without asking permission, which is not always welcome.
"The teams are not really partner-friendly," Cound explained.
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