Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 12, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome takes narrow lead into Tour’s first rest day: ‘It’s up to other teams now’; Joaquim Rodriguez to retire at end of season; Contador scheduled for medical review Tuesday; Dani King loses Olympic appeal; Bjarne Riis happy to see Tinkov leaving; Kittel, Martin publish demands for safety; Sunweb to move up to title sponsor of Giant-Alpecin team in 2017; Dutch lottery renews sponsorship for two year; Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night; Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide; Tour de France, stage 9 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 9; Fans on the stage 8 final climb; Team Giant-Alpecin celebrates Dumoulin; Cycling in the rain!

Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night

by CyclingTips

After last year’s scorching temperatures in the French alps, where air conditioning in the hotels is not a frequent site, the Cannondale-Drapac team is trying a new method. The team is using cooling mattress toppers to help its riders stay cool and get optimal sleep for recovery.

One of the team’s doctors came across the product in the off-season and thought it would be a helpful addition during the peak summer months in France.

The pads use cooled water pumped through tubes, recirculating through the night.

The team said that five riders, including team leader Pierre Rolland, used the pads after stage 8 in the Pyrenees. Rolland suffered injuries during a crash that day.

In a sport where recovery is often cited as the most important part of racing, a good night of sleep could be the difference between winning a losing.

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