Monthly Archives: September 2015

Results of the week – Compressport Athletes

Trail Running – Italians on top in USA

The Skyrunning World Series made a stop in Big Sky , Montana, USA for Vertical Kilometer, Ultra and Skyrunning world stages.

Marco De Gasperi and Elisa Desco planned to race both VK and Sky, but Elisa needed to rest and Marco was focused on the Skyrunning event together with Tadei Pivk, also from Italia.

Following on from Friday’s VK victory, Switzerland’s Rémi Bonnet ran a clear race from the front and never really looked back. He opened a gap in the early stages and extended it as the race went on. Climbing up to Lone Peak summit he was 4-minutes ahead of Italians Tadei Pivk and Marco De Gasperi who were pursued by American Joseph Gray.

The positions will remain unchanged until the finish line. The two Italians sprinted for 2nd place and Tadei was the fastest at this game, finishing just 1” in front of Marco.

  1. 1. Remi Bonnet | 2:58:55.61
  2. 2. Tadei Pivk | 3:01:32.28
  3. 3. Marco De Gasperi | 3:01:33.93

Skyrunner® SKY Series provisional ranking, Compressport runners on top

Men provisional ranking :

  1. 1. Tadei Pivk (ITA) Crazy Idea – 278 points
  2. 2. Tom Owens (GBR) Salomon – 268 points
  3. 3. Manuel Merillas (ESP) Mammut/Compressport – 244 points
  4. 4. Ionut Zinca (RUM) Valetudo – 220 points

Women provisional ranking :

  1. 1. Maite Maiora (ESP) La Sportiva – 308 points
  2. 2. Elisa Desco (ITA) SCOTT Sports – 278 points
  3. 3. Laura Orguè (ESP) Salomon – 276 points

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Triathlon – Joe Gambles 2nd at Gerardmer

The Gerardmer XL Triathlon is one of those French races gathering a good field as it is ideally situated few weeks before the IM World ChampionshipThis year, Joe Gambles (Australia) was ready to fight for victory one week after his 16th place at the IM 70.3 World Championship

Out of the water with the main contenders, Joe pushed hard on the bike to arrive in 2nd position at T2 with a 5’ deficit on Spaniard Hector Guerra, ex-pro cyclist. Joe fought hard during the half marathon, signed the 3rd run split of the day, but finished at only 13” from Guerra.

  1. 1. GUERRA HECTOR ESP   27:00  2:31:27  1:24:15  4:28:51
  2. 2. GAMBLES JOSEPH AUS   23:15  2:39:02  1:21:23  4:29:04
  3. 3. MOUSSEL ROBIN   25:40  2:46:21   1:20:25  4:37:29
  4. 4. KÜNG MANUEL SUI   22:22  2:46:05  1:24:40  4:38:25
  5. 5. NICHOLLS RITCHIE GBR   24:11  2:51:09  1:20:30  4:40:48 

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Triathlon – Gomez Noya 2nd at Edmonton

Driving to become the first athlete to win five World Championships, Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) finished second to retain the top Columbia Thread needle Rankings spot in the last WTS event ahead of the Grand Final.

“Today was a very different race,” Gomez said. “I tried to keep going, but it wasn’t very fast, I couldn’t feel my feet for the first two run laps. I tried to hang on with Richard. Maybe I wasn’t confident enough to beat him (Murray) in the end, but after racing so much, it’s a good result. It’s always good to be ahead of Mario and Vincent but it will all come down to the Grand Final and that’s what I’m focused on.”

The quick 750m swim gave no individual the time to draw out a large lead. With no time to create a gap, a group of just over 20 men formed together to make up the lead pack on the four-lap 20km bike.

Murray, Gomez, and Vincent Luis while Aaron Royle (AUS) and Tom Bishop (GBR) consistently hammered away at the front of the group, but a group of 40 including Mola closed the gap.

At T2, Murray and Wian Sullwald gunned to the front of the pack early on the first of three run laps. But by the end of that lap, Murray had pulled away with Gomez. The South African attacked and pulled far enough away on the last lap to keep the reigning World Champ at a great enough distance to win the race.

Gomez held the pace to keep himself in second, while Mola crossed over with the third fastest race of the day in bronze medal position.

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CYCLING – Tough stages are made for our riders

The second week promised to be epic and it was. Tinkoff Saxo lost a second rider after a second collision with a motorbike and even thought about leaving the race, but Rafal Majka, who was 9th at the end of last week had a super week in the mountains and is now 3rd in GC, at 1” from 2nd and only 1’24 from 1st .

The most difficult week gives us also 3 stage victories signed by Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) on stage 10, Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) on stage 12 and Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) on stage 13.

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff Saxo) finished 2nd of the difficult stage 15 finishing with a 12km climb starting at 220m altitude and finishing at +1200m with some part at 13,3%!

Sans titre

Compression sleeves efficiency : what YOU should know!

Reminder: How do compression sleeves work?
It’s important to have a basic understanding of how blood flows through the body. Compression socks and sleeves help to fight the effects of gravity and assist the body in venous return (deoxygenated blood flowing back up to the heart). Keeping oxygenated blood flowing to muscles is important for performance: the more oxygen the cells have, the better they will function.

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1. The overall efficiency of compression sleeves has already been demonstrated, but is still subject to questioning

Evidence for the efficiency of compression garments has already been demonstrated especially with recent conclusions of international scientific reports supporting the use of compression to alleviate symptoms associated with fatigue, improve performance and prevent injuries. [1, 2]

However in some cases it isn’t that simple to support their use, and gaps in knowledge are still evident. [3, 4] The heterogeneity of results observed in scientific studies could be explained by huge disparity in terms of compression garments used. [1, 2] For sure garments from different brands are different (in terms of pressure, fiber, knitting…) and their efficiency could not be the same.

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2. What Compressport® can tell you about compression sleeves efficiency?

To understand the disparity of results observed in literature, a study decided to compare different compression garments’ efficiency (from different brands). [5] A total of 15 of the main commercially available calf compression sleeves were tested. The study focused on calf muscle oxygen saturation (StO2), which is a good marker of compression performances (higher calf StO2 indicates better compression performances).The experience was randomly conducted on 8 voluntaries at rest: StO2 was measured in seated position wearing compression sleeves (during 3 min each) and without any compression.

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3. And the results speak for themselves: 225 % of difference between the better and the worst calf sleeves.

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Figure : Calf StO2 recorded with or without calf compression sleeves.

–        * Significantly different from all other calf sleeves including no compression.
–        ** Significantly different from A to M and no compression.
–        *** Significantly different from A to F and no compression.
–        **** Significantly different from A to E and no compression.
–        ***** Significantly different from A and no compression.
–        ****** Significantly different from no compression.

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StO2 recorded with or without compression sleeves is presented in the figure above (each letter indicates a compression brand). N and O correspond to Compressport R2 Swiss and R2. 

In conclusion, all compression calf sleeves increased the calf StO2 (compared to no compression). But noteworthy differences were noted between different sleeves: from +6.9% for the less effective to +22.6 % for the most effective. More than 225% difference between the Compressport R2 and the less effective calf sleeves! 

With these results we now really understand that all compression sleeves are not equally effective: there are often positive effects of compression but sometimes insignificant results. Thus, how can we explain this results’ disparity? 

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4. What determines the differences in results between various calf sleeves in 4 points.

To justify the differences observed between compression calf sleeves efficiency we underlined 4 points : the pressure level, fibers, breath-ability and knitting. [5]

  • Low pressure level is not effective. On the contrary, a too high pressure level will produce a tourniquet effect (bad feeling, sensation of heavy legs…). A compression level around 20-25 mmHgis, in agreement with all the studies, the good ratio between benefits and comfort.
  • The fabric must be elastic and stretchable. The aim is to adapt perfectly the calf sleeves to the shape of the calf taking into account the variation of calf volume during the effort, in order to prevent any discomfort due to a compression that becomes too strong (the calf swells when: climbing, on the tip of your toes…).
  • The fabric must be thin for more breathability and comfort.
  • Finally, the seamless compression guarantees the quality, efficacy and consistency! Indeed, the seamless knitting could be in favor of long lasting effects on StO2: no fraying and stitch defects making loose fit the sleeves and negatively affecting compression and elastic properties.

References :

[1] D.-P. Born, B. Sperlich, and H.-C. Holmberg, “Bringing light into the dark: effects of compression clothing on performance and recovery,” International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 4–18, 2013.

[2] J. Hill, G. Howatson, K. van Someren, J. Leeder, and C. Pedlar, “Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: a meta-analysis,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 48, pp. 1340–1346, 2014.

[3] D.N. French, K. G.Thompson, S.W. Garland et al., “The effects of contrast bathing and compression therapy on muscular performance,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 1297–1306, 2008.

[4] J. C. Carling, K. Francis, and C. Lorish, “The effects of continuous external compression on delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS),” International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 223–235, 1995.

[5] T. Dermont, L. Morizot, M. Bouhaddi, A. Ménétrier, “Changes in Tissue Oxygen Saturation in Response to Different Calf Compression Sleeves, ”Journal of Sports Medicine, in press.

A legendary Compressport Weekend !

Javier Gomez Noya wins his 5th World Champion title

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Two athletes, Spaniards Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola were still able to take the 1st place of the Final Ranking and then becoming the 2015 World Champion. It would be a first for Mola, and it is a challenge for Gomez Noya as he has to secure a 2nd place to be sure to take the coveted title.

Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) became the most successful man in ITU World Championship history when he completed a drive for five world titles as the overall winner of the World Triathlon Series with a second-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.

“I think it is great. I can’t understand it yet, I sometimes can’t comprehend doing something like that in the last few years. It is just amazing,” Gomez said on collecting his fifth title. “Today I felt good, I had a great race. I felt really good on the race, I just couldn’t beat Mario he was just too strong. But I am really pleased on getting the title and on the podium”.

Nuria Picas, 3rd at Ultra Pirineu, Final of Skyrunning World Series Ultra

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The Ultra Trail Running world champion Nuria Picas took the 3rd place behind Emilie Forsberg and Mira Rai at Ultra Pirineu. “Núria Picas looked like she was working hard all day long. She maintained contact for much of the race, but dropped back quickly once she was out of contention for the win. Her quickly growing gap back from the leaders may have had just as much to do with her huge lead on the women behind her”. From Irunfar.com.

  1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) — 13:39:33
  2. Mira Rai (Salomon) — 13:43:49
  3. Núria Picas (BUFF) — 14:13:01

In the Men race, congratulations to Toti Bes who crossed the finish line at the 3rd place.

Other good performances 

– Crisanto Grajales (MEX) had a great race at Chicago and finished 4th. He also signs a great 7th place at the final ranking. In the women race, Barbara Riveiros (CHI) finished 16th (11th of the final ranking) and Valentina Carvallo (CHI) 48th (75th of the final ranking).

– Taylor Reid (CAN) signed a 10thplace at IronMan70.3 Cozumel.

– Yeray Duran (Spain) and Pau Capell (Spain) finished together the Marathon Pirineu in 5th and 6th place. On the Skyrunning World Serie Ultra Pirineu, Zigor Iturrieta (Spain) finished 73rd and Judith Franch Pons (Spain) 9th.