• Anon N + 1

    “Are Endurance Athletes Hurting Their Hearts . . . .” Thank you for this; very timely. I’ll be seeing my cardiologist for another check-up in a few weeks, and I’d like him to read the VeloNews article before my next visit.

    • jules

      I’d be interested how the risk compares to the effects on the cardio-vascular system of the average, sedentary lifestyle. Not talking it down, just curious.

    • An article that we did here a few years ago on the same topic: http://cyclingtips.com.au/2010/10/exercise-is-good-for-the-heart%E2%80%A6-but-is-there-a-limit/

    • Annie.

      I’d like to know how the results would be for cyclists compared to runners (as the article mentions “marathons” and “ultra-marathons”): Runners (and as far as I know, triathletes even more so) are subject to a high level of tissue damage caused during one single competition, and it takes the body several weeks to restore that.

  • beerali

    I’m JUST out of frame in the cover photo!

    • What a photo, and what a race!

      • beerali

        The women’s race was unbelievable! 30+ laps of a solo breakaway for the win. Incredibly strong effort.

  • Michele

    Nicely put Voeckler, and agree with him 100%.

    His team doesn’t need Oleg. But despite that, his team owner could, unfortunately, decide to sell up for the sake of a fatter wallet.

    I had a really interesting discussion with a companion the other day; there are some sections of the cycling world who want their sport to emulate F1 – to be as professional, to have TV rights etc. Guys like Oleg can make this happen.

    As a F1 fan that concerns me. F1 is in a bigger mess than ever. Safety issues aside – I’d much prefer F1 from the late 70s to early 90s.

    Yes, cycling needs to progress – but there are some good examples to avoid when it comes to the model used.

    • donncha

      I think the teams are completely misguided. Currently in cycling we have a handful of teams with large budgets (SKY, Tinkoff, Astana etc.) and a bunch of lesser teams (financially). When it comes to the Grand Tours, the big teams win as they have quality in depth. The big teams are often dependent on wealthy benefactors, and the lower teams are dependent on sponsorship.

      Compare that to e.g: Premiership football which is awash in TV cash. We still have a handful of big teams who win everything and lots of lesser teams who are also-rans. Many of the big teams are dependent on wealthy benefactors (Chelsea, ManCity). The others depend on sponsors & TV money and the vast majority of them are either in shitloads of debt or living hand-to-mouth.

      More money isn’t going to make the teams any more financially viable. All it will do is raise the salaries of the riders because that’s what the teams will spend their money on (as they do in every single other sport where more money shows up) and the teams will still be as fragile as they were before.

      It seems to me that ASO have been quietly building an empire over the last 100 years because they’re a business. They’ve taken their main asset, grown it organically and used it to diversify into other races. Meanwhile the teams didn’t bother working together and mainly fucked up their reputations, scaring sponsors off by running/encouraging doping programs etc. Now they look around and see that ASO makes some money and decide, “hey, we should make money too”, but their only solutions are “hey ASO, give us some of your money” or “hey ASO, share some of your assets with us (in the form of guaranteed Tour entry)”.

      • Michele

        Good comments Donncha.

        It’s a great topic of conversation.

      • Whippet

        F1 is a natural analogy because there are teams racing each other. But there are other models that have proven successful. Actually, there are many possible structures, but for discussion I’ll just mention one of the most successful. The NFL in the USA has managed to mitigate the problems of financial success such as domination by a handful of rich teams and reliance of wealthy benefactors. The factors that distinguish the NFL are: 1. 70% revenue sharing between teams (franchises), 2. a player salary cap, and 3. all TV rights are negotiated by the league.

        Of course, the history of cycling is much different. The ASO and RCS own races and TV rights, but not the teams or cyclists. It is easy to criticise the teams, but they are in a difficult position. If the race owners refuse to let them buy in like a franchise, then what options do they have? There have long been thoughts of forming a league independent of the ASO, but even collectively the teams don’t really have the wherewithal.

        It is doubtful that any drastic changes happen until the situation becomes dire. The UCI proposals for the future only suggest changes in existing races, the number of teams and the number of rider per team. Don’t expect any positive changes until pro cycling faces an existential crisis.

        There is one positive though aspect though. It appears that the UCI is at least tacitly admitting that ‘negative growth’ might be necessary.

        • Dave

          It would also appear that the UCI’s 2017 reform proposals are now dead in the water.

          The 2017 proposals relied heavily on two flawed premises:
          1. That a team of 22 riders would require significantly less money to run than a team with 30 riders.
          2. That the cheaper rates for naming rights sponsorship (i.e. the main financiers of the team) would allow so many new teams to start up that the WorldTour would need to be split into two divisions.

    • Annie.

      In my opinion, Tinkov must have been drunk and/or high while typing those tweets. And even if he wasn’t – that would shed even worse light on him regarding his mental abilities – I’d never even have dared to reply to sth. like that.

      Also, he should be very greatful not only to Voeckler for taking him seriously nevertheless, but also to his team for delivering such a good work even though managements’ decisions during the Tour seam to having been at least of doubtful quality. I’m sorry for anybody who has to work for Tinkov.

  • Hamish Moffatt

    Those GCN guys are a hoot. Good to see someone challenging those silly rules. Apart from the “no team kit” rule….

    • chop

      totally agree – they’re will to have a laugh at themselves too. And agree that if people get pleasure from riding wearing whatever they want and not following ‘the rules’, then that’s cool too. Better than being so concerned about being ‘on point’ and ‘like a boss’ and the likes in front of the mirror that you run out of time to actually ride.

      • chop

        *willing to have a laugh

    • Rodrigo Diaz

      We’re a weird bunch. I’ve played other organized sports in my life and warmed up/trained on team sport shirts (I’m too old for this specific example, but think about doing some footy with a Messi jersey), and no one would have been offended if you showed up in a jersey supporting “your” team. Nor anyone would think you were a Barcelona benchwarmer.

      Heck, for smaller teams, it might even be a significant source of revenue!

      • Hamish Moffatt

        Hmm. Does anyone have a favourite team? Honestly I couldn’t care less about the teams, just individual riders. For the same reason I find the team presentations and other team media materials a bit weird.

        • Rodrigo Diaz

          I’m thinking more Euskadi/Marseille/4-72 Colombia than Trek or Sky.

    • Derek Maher

      Agrre with you,Those guys always get some humour into their cycling.

  • Dave

    TV Tommy is the Kim Kardashian of cycling, it would be hilarious if Tinkov bought his team.

    The response from Team Sky would almost certainly be “our issues weren’t so bad after all, you can come back Sir Wiggo.”

  • Derek Maher

    Oleg has a sense of humour and keeps the twitter party going.
    I guess the heart article targets older riders trying to regain their lost youth and trying to get their heart rate up in interval training and long mountain drags,Forgetting the old bod workings are somewhat the worse for wear.Some of those Iron man/women look like they need a personal ambalance following them.
    Looking forward to the London racing this Saturday and Sunday.Eurosport are covering it.


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