Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 26, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21

Caffeine more harmful than helpful

by CyclingTips

The pre-ride coffee or espresso is a time-honoured tradition among cyclists, while other caffeine-heavy beverages have also become popular. Some athletes do it as a wake-up while others feel it can aid performance. But an expert in health psychology argues that the very minimal benefits that could come from caffeine are outweighed by the potential negative effects.

trainingstage of Team Lotto Soudal at Mallorca

Here is an excerpt:

Trying to extract the maximum competitive edge from caffeine is never going to be easy. Even low-level caffeine use quickly leads to physical dependence, with the associated risk of withdrawal symptoms, including sleepiness, lethargy and headache.

Although withdrawal symptoms can be kept at bay by slowly reducing one’s caffeine intake, slip-ups in maintaining this declining level are likely to disrupt training and undermine performance.

Trying to avoid such slip-ups could lead to an excess amount of the drug being taken, leaving you feeling jittery, anxious, and agitated — or worse.

You could experience a sudden increase in heart rate and suffer cardiac arrhythmia precipitating a seizure.

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