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"Grand Tour" Riders With Glandular Fever & Bronchitis...(5 posts)

"Grand Tour" Riders With Glandular Fever & Bronchitis...Fausto
Jul 12, 2002 4:42 AM
When the "boosting" (i.e. human growth hormone ) isn't working or you are about to be tested, your drop out of the Tour with glandular fever or bronchitis. Like Moreau last year when he threw his $6,000 ride to the side of the road or Bettini ("the Cricket") this year withdrawing from the Giro.

It like Phil will always say "He's abandoned because he's come down with a touch of bronchitis."
Pantani / Garzelli / Simoni "Climbing Workshop"Fausto
Jul 12, 2002 6:18 AM
One of the top 10 rules from the "Workshop"
1) When in doubt - Throw your bike into the bushes.

Other guest speakers include Frigo, Casagrande, Commesso ...the list goes on and on.....
Professional cycling isn't good for youpeloton
Jul 12, 2002 11:58 AM
It's no surprise that pro cyclists get sick as often as they do. Their immune systems are compromised by the shear volume of training and racing that they do. Combine this with etheral body compositions of 3-4% body fat, and their aren't many reserves to guard against illness. Long distance and intense cycling dumps anti-oxidants and stressors into the bloodsteam, and the immune system gets run down. The body also spends a lot of energy re-building it's self. It just can't keep up all the time.

Pro cyclists ride the fine line between peak performance and illness. The simple fact is that professional athletics are too much of a good thing. They simply aren't good for you.
and it's not like they have a raging flu case or somethingrufus
Jul 12, 2002 3:49 PM
at the level they have to perform, day in day out in a three week tour, just the slightest cold or fever is enough to put them off their form and totally screw with their performance.
re: "Grand Tour" Riders With Glandular Fever & Bronchitis...Skip
Jul 12, 2002 4:43 PM
I just have to laugh at Paul's "medical diagnoses". Quite familiar with his "touch of bronchitis" one, but that "glandular fever" was a new one I hadn't heard before last night - it had be holding my side in laughter.

I agree, they seem to frequently appear at the most opportune times for each rider.