Stage 16: Bourg de Peage-Gap 201km Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media
  • Michele

    I loved that footage of Sagan descending – for so many reasons. Not least of all, because it was commentary free. Who needs P&P?? ?

  • Sean Doyle

    “non functional overreaching situation,” is that another way of saying chronic fatigue?

    • jules

      yeah I think so, it’s a physiological term I’ve read it before. differentiates between tiredness felt after a big week of training.

      • Sean Doyle

        I know what that’s like. I have been off the bike for 18 months with CFS.

        • jules

          wow.. that sucks.

          • Sean Doyle

            It has sucked. Just about to try and ride a little bit in the next few weeks and see how the body responds. As long as I get a good regular sleep the body seems to be good. Seems obvious but it’s very temperamental. Fortunately building frames instead has kept me somewhat sane.

            • I can sympathise with you. It can’t be fun. I recently had a virus called CMV for only 3 or 4 months that zapped me of energy and my life felt ruined. Can’t imagine going through for 18months. I hope you get well soon.

              • Sean Doyle

                Cheers Wade. I think I’ve gotten over the misery of it and am just looking forward to riding again. In truth I was more jealous of my team mates go off on all these cool racing adventures in the QRTS. I am now so far away from that fitness….far far away. Not even sure if I’ll ever race again but I will ride my bike. That is certain. At the very least I’ll just continue to build.

                I hope that Marianne Vos can over come her malaise as it’s a career that needs a fairy tale finish.

    • Dave

      NFO is a sports medicine term relating to when training with normally adequate recovery periods is not improving performance, NOT a euphemism for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

      It is also not the same as Overtraining Syndrome (OTS) either, which is a medical complex that does share some symptoms with Depression and CFS.

      • Sean Doyle

        Cool. Can you point to some further reading. Thanks

        • Dave

          The definitive resource at present (according to my Human Movement student housemate) is:
          Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the overtraining syndrome: joint consensus statement of the European College of Sport Science and the American College of Sports Medicine.

          Even to a relative layman like me it’s an interesting read.

          She accessed it through the uni library’s online portal, but some basic Google-fu will lead you to a full text copy that someone has uploaded ;-)

          • Sean Doyle

            Thanks. So train commuting reading material.

  • Paolo

    Sagan is a legend. On and off the bike. Wonder if Rasmus Guldhammer regrets pulling out of HTC a few years ago.

  • Whippet

    Old & new today. I’m glad to see Purito getting another contract. Good value for money. He is probably past his expiry date to win a grand tour, but he’s had enough wins this season to just about pay for himself. Then we have young Coryn Rivera. Look at the salt stains on her kit. She’s having a break-out year, now collecting her first pro victory. At 22 years old, she is one to watch.

  • velocite

    That FSA prototype group looks good, albeit the info is a bit sketchy. If the only battery is in the seat post then there must be wires to the shifters, which may mean there’s no wireless communication at all. I must say I find SRAM’s impending fully wireless approach more appealing. But..just up and down buttons, no separate controls for front and rear. Way to go I think.

    • Sean Doyle

      Shifters just use a similar battery as in your garage remote. Might have to change them out twice a year at worst. I’d also much prefer separate controls. YMMV. :-)

      • velocite

        No, I meant to imply that not having separate controls is the way to go. I’ve never experienced that arrangement, but I cannot see why I care about anything but the resultant gear I’m in.

        • Sean Doyle

          Your Method Might Vary. Don’t worry I only discovered this one recently as well. First time I’ve used it.

          I understood your point I was just stating I would prefer completely separate buttons for each function. :-)

          • Dave

            Actually it is Your Mileage May Vary – that different people have different experiences and perceptions of the same product.

            • Sean Doyle

              Ive seen both definitions but hey YMMV.

  • velocite

    So there’s a French law that makes night time testing of athletes in a race illegal? Does anyone know what sort of law that is? Just curious.

    I would like to see, once or twice during the Tour, a surprise test of the entire top 20 at 4 am. It surely could be done to minimize the interruption: I understand it’s just a urine test.

    • jules

      I’d guess it’s political – it will be to do with using laws to prevent employers from requiring employees to be available for work outside ‘reasonable’ business hours. being more ‘free market’, we’re used to that sort of thing being left to contracts or EBAs but the French take a harder line.

      • velocite

        So, would the tester be breaking the law in ‘requesting’ some urine at 4 am? What if it were optional, ie just a request? Could a rider get away with saying no? The bald conclusion, no night testing in France, is not very satisfying. Mushroom treatment. Is EPO micro dosing thought to be the number one doping possibility these days? If so, and if it can be wiped out by waking a few guys up, do it!

        • jules

          in the eyes of the law, pro cyclists are ordinary employees. the distinction between an employer making a request and demand of an employee is probably unclear. also, giving them the option to refuse would be self-defeating :)

  • So cool.

    No La Course, no Worlds, no road racing at all for Marianne Vos
    do you find any advantage for the carbon road wheels : http://www.windsailbike.com/road-wheels

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