Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

June 29, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI clarifies implementation of protocol for calculating time gaps on bunch-sprint stages; Coquard: ‘It hurts not going to Tour de France’; Video: Chris Froome tells Eurosport what he is expecting for Tour de France; Merida unveils new Reacto III road aero bike for Tour de France; Former teammate weighs in on Cardoso’s EPO positive; ‘Pocket lab’ tests blood in 30 seconds, changing how cyclists train; Team Sunweb adds German duo Max Kanter and Leon Rohde to WorldTour roster as stagiaires; Video: Trailer for All For One, documenting first five years of GreenEdge team; Video: Pilot for documentary tracing paralympian David Smith through three spinal tumour operations.

‘Pocket lab’ tests blood in 30 seconds, changing how cyclists train

by CyclingTips

The LottoNL-Jumbo team is using a new device, called Ember, which measures hemoglobin, oxygen content, oxygen saturation, perfusion index, pleth-variability index, pulse rate, and respiration rate, BusinessInsider reported.

The device, made by California-based Cercacor Laboratories, was launched last year at the Consumer Electronics Show, but this is the first time a pro cycling team is using it at the sport’s highest level. Unlike a traditional test that draws a drop of blood with a finger prick, Ember uses only light waves. Riders insert a finger into a clip sensor, and the device measures the flow of blood through arteries using LED technology and algorithms. This use of LED technology has already been shown to work effectively in other kinds of blood tests, such as those that screen for conditions like anemia.

New Zealander George Bennett said he used Ember while training for his victorious ride at the Amgen Tour of California in May.

“My season has been built around specific targets, using altitude camps as a major part of my build up for each goal,” Bennett said. “I have been able to track my progress and the effectiveness of each altitude block as well as help my recovery and adaption using the Ember device.”

Cercacor told Business Insider that both riders used Ember at a pre-Tour training camp and that the team would use Ember during the three-week race to test its riders’ hemoglobin levels and the other biomarkers.

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