Lappartient open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek learns to breathe from a diver: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

February 8, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Laurens De Plus blogs about getting hit by a truck in South Africa; UCI President David Lappartient is open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek-Segafredo’s diver-inspired breathing techniques; Birthday boy Elia Viviani takes Dubai Tour’s second stage; CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants; an in-depth review of Cannondale’s newest Synapse Hi-MOD; Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program; Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai crash; Video: Aqua Blue introduces the new boys; Video: Larry Warbasse’s unique 3T race bike; Video: Skids and skills on a cyclocross bike

Trek-Segafredo’s new breathing techniques for improved performance

by Caley Fretz

Last season, Trek-Segafredo brought on former world champion free diver Mike Maric, now a doctor at the University of Pavia in Italy, to teach its riders a thing or two about proper breathing technique. The goal: increase oxygen intake, and therefore performance.

“We are used to reading about athletes with lung capacities of five or six liters, but the elasticity of the breathing system that freedivers have developed can give you the equivalent of 11 or 12-liter lungs, or even more,” Dr. Maric said.

Dr. Maric returned to Trek’s January camp this year to discuss breathing techniques like belly breathing, or diaphragm breathing.

“I showed the guys new techniques, new exercises this year,” he said. “Everyone talks about the training, many people talk about supplements and nutrition, but not many are talking about the breathing techniques. I think this is the ‘now ‘for improving performance; not something of the future but for the present.”

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