Alaphilippe wins again in Basque Country, Dyball best in Thailand: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 4, 2018

Alaphillipe wins again in Itzulia Basque Country; Dyball wins stage 3 of Tour of Thailand; Jules wins opening stage of Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Bouhanni suffers another setback; ASO ranks Roubaix cobbles; Hammer Series adds Hong Kong event; The fittest human ever quit sports, found happiness; Astral Cycling expands rim catalogue with wheelsets; Video: After the race: Bikes that survived the Tour of Flanders

The fittest human ever quit sports, found happiness

by CyclingTips

Deadspin has written an interesting article about a rider who was – on paper – arguably the most talented never to turn pro. It discusses his decision to walk away from the sport, and his contentment with life as a result.

Here’s an excerpt:

Oskar Svendsen was the next big thing. The baby-faced Norwegian was just 18 years old when he was tabbed as cycling’s next great prodigy at the 2012 World Championships; maybe he’d follow in Thor Hushovd’s footsteps and win bushels of Tour de France stages for Norway, or, who knows, maybe even become his country’s first-ever Tour de France winner. Svendsen’s potential was limitless, and unlike hordes of other would-be prodigies, there was a legitimate mathematical case that he could become the greatest cyclist of all time.

It all came down to one number: 97.5. That’s Svendsen’s VO2 max, the highest ever measured in a human being. VO2 max is a measurement of how much oxygen a body can consume while exercising. It’s a very useful shorthand for how good an endurance athlete will perform outside of the lab because the ability to consume and process oxygen is nearly determinative in sports like cycling and distance running.

Click through to read the full article at Deadspin.