His friend is Irish physio Evan Scully. He hired Scully after world's in 2013 to be his physio and S&C coach until Rio 2016.
Correct. I had some good chats with Evan about this. The background is that Makhloufi was supposed to be training with Mekhissi Benabbad under Alain Robert, the French distance coach, but Mekhissi got injured, so they worked with what they had, and had Evan ride on a bike for almost all of his sessions this summer. He was also watching Taoufik the whole time (every rep, this summer) to try to catch and improve some form habits. I'm pretty sure they were in Angers (bottom end of Loire Valley) at the time.