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PLEASE, ANTIOXIDANT EVERYDAY!!!

The term antioxidant refers to the “activity” that many vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals have on substances considered harmful, called FREE RADICALS. The free radicals can react chemically with other components of the cells (by oxidizing) altering their stability and functionality.

When we are running, cycling, working or fighting…we are producing oxidation reactions and free radicals to all our body! We are “KILLING” some cells! Therefore, we need to include ANTIOXIDANT in our meals to neutralize the free radicals.

Yes, oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. Consequently, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants end these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions.

Then, be careful! Dark and intensely-colored plant foods usually contain MORE chemically active antioxidant pigments than pale ones. Some of the most healthy nutrients in fruits and vegetables are bright red, orange and green.

LET’S TRAIN AND EAT!

Tour de France Diet

What do riders eat during 21 days on LE TOUR?

When I started to study Sport Nutrition in Barcelona University that was my first motivation…study how these riders eat and drink. Now, I can tell you…

They spend around 7.000 to 8.000 kcal/day and need to recover it daily, and they need high level of energy before, during and after each stage. How to manage that? They eat natural food and energetic bars!!!!

They have breakfast around 3 hours and half before the start. Usually they have oatmeal with quinoa or white rice with quinoa. They also eat lots of white rice and quinoa during lunch and dinner. Why? White rice is 100% natural cereal, a fast source of carbohydrate and there is no gluten in the composition, which makes the organism absorption better. They also have quinoa, a vegetal protein and carbohydrate source that is also easy to digest and is full of vitamins and amino acids.

Two hours before the start of a stage they drink slow-release carbohydrates for energy. They will sip this half-liter concoction on the bus and in the morning’s start town to bring their day’s calorie count to around 1.000 before the gun even goes off. Most riders burn 600 to 900 calories an hour, but their bodies can process only 250 to 300 per hour.

During the stage they eat gels, chews, and energetic bars. Garmin, for example, cooks up batches of rice bars and starts to give riders homemade salty and sweet options. That’s great for them. In this way the riders go up to about 2,500 calories by the end of a stage.

After crossing the finish line, they start to re-hydrate, drink some water with soda and isotonic drink, to keep sugar and mineral salt back to the body.
Once back on the bus, they have their first recovery drink, a sweet and fruity carbohydrate mix, and containers of white rice and egg dishes. They have also an optional second recovery drink that is a chocolate-flavored and protein-packed to aide muscle repair on the drive to the next hotel.

Dinnertime is white rice again! A meal can be a light Thai curry over white rice, for example, as well as some vegetables for their antioxidants.

That final binge of the day adds about 2.500 calories and enables to replenish muscles energy stores, give muscles the necessary protein to rebuild, then start loading up for the next day’s effort.

The riders should eat a rich meal, but also a good test meal! The body and mind of these champions need to be happy to keep riding during the 21 days in maximum effort.

TOP 10 COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS

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COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS : DURING EFFORT !

1/ ANTI-VIBRATION: -33 %

COMPRESSPORT® acts like a muscle support and limits the muscular vibrations induced by the shocks with the ground.

2/ REDUCED MUSCLE DAMAGE: -42 %

The vibrations are known to cause muscle damage and accelerate fatigue during prolonged efforts. COMPRESSPORT® limiting the vibrations reduces the muscle damage and prevents the muscle fatigue. Consequently the prolonged performances are improved: trail running, marathon race…

3/ ANTI-INFLAMMATION: -52 %

Less muscle damage with COMPRESSPORT® means less inflammation and better subsequent recovery.

4/ ANTI-PAIN: -50 %

Less damage and inflammation with COMPRESSPORT® means less pain during the effort and prevented delayed muscle onset soreness during the subsequent recovery. 

5/ REDUCED RISK OF INJURIES AND CRAMPS: -29 %

Tendinitis, shin splints and muscular injuries are decreased when Compressport® is always used during the effort. Limiting vibrations, COMPRESSPORT® guarantees a better muscular maintain and ensure less stress on the tendons! Other explanations are due to hamodynamic (less inflammation), thermal (accelerated warm-up) or neuronal effects (better proprioceptive feedback). 

Alberto Contador Recovery Ride With Compressport

COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS : DURING RECOVERY (OR FOR WELL-BEING):

1/ VENOUS RETURN IMPROVEMENT: +20 %

COMPRESSPORT® presses on the veins and activates the venous return at rest – like a pressure applied on a tube of toothpaste causing the past to rise outside the tube.

2/ IMPROVED MUSCLE OXYGENATION: FROM +15 % TO +25 %

Activating the venous return COMPRESSPORT® improves the overall blood circulation and increases the muscle oxygenation. The muscles need oxygen to better recover!

3/ ANTI-TOXIN: -13 %

Venous return improvement resulting from using COMPRESSPORT® during recovery is also responsible for eliminating more quickly the toxins such as blood lactates. Consequently the recovery process is accelerated and the pain is reduced.

4/ ANTI-SWELLING: -100 %

Other consequence of venous return improvement with COMPRESSPORT® is that swelling of legs (which occurs when venous return is not activated especially in passive standing or sitting position or due to inflammation after an effort) is totally prevented! Thus COMPRESSPORT® guarantees athletes a feeling of light and fresh legs! Delayed muscle onset soreness and discomfort due to swelling and inflammation are also reduced!

5/ IMPROVED SUBSEQUENT PERFORMANCE: +7 W

Consequently to better recovery resulting from using COMPRESSPORT® the subsequent performances during tournament of fight and team sports or BMX and mountain bike are improved (+7 W for a second 5-min maximal cycling exercise preceded by a 15-min recovery with Compressport®).

 

COMPRESSPORT WILL SUPPLY 8 PRO TOUR CYCLING TEAMS

COMPRESSPORT® is proud to confirm its presence in the peloton partnering with 8 UCI Pro Teams for 2015. 

COMPRESSPORT® will supply pro cycling teams among the best in the world, including:

  • Etixx-Quick Step (EQS, Belgium)
  • FDJ (FDJ, France)
  • IAM Cycling (IAM, Switzerland)
  • Lampre-Merida (LAM, Italy)
  • Lotto Soudal (LTS, Belgium)
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo (TLJ, Netherlands)
  • Tinkoff-Saxo (TCS, Russia)
  • Trek Factory Racing (TFR, USA)

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Compression is key in the recovery process of pro riders, be it during travels, training periods, classics or Grand Tours. We’ll work closely with the Teams and the riders to develop or improve existing products to better match to the specificities of the sport of cycling.
 
Teams will use:
 
  • Pro Racing Armsleeves
  • Full Legs
  • ForQuad
  • R2 calf sleeves
  • Full Socks V2
The Swiss cycling team IAM Cycling, which recently got its Pro Tour License, will also race with : 
 
  • Pro Racing Socks Bike in both Standard and UltraLight version 
  • ON/OFF shirts as base layer
 
COMPRESSPORT® also launches Team Replica product lines for each of its teams allowing fans to use the same compression products as their favorite teams and riders. Born in Switzerland in 2008, COMPRESSPORT ® is the benchmark product in the sports compression market. It is the only brand to offer seamless products specially designed and developed for each different muscle chains.
 
COMPRESSPORT® is recognized as a leader in compression thanks to the technical features and unique designs of its product range and their quality. Developed in Switzerland, all the compression products are manufactured in Europe. As the official Compression Partner of many World Class triathletes and trail runners and with this new sensational high performance alliance with 8 UCI Pro Teams, COMPRESSPORT® continues its breakaway in the cycling market.
 
 
See you soon on the road of the most prestigious cycling races in the world!

JAVIER GOMEZ NOYA – THE IMPOSSIBLE COME BACK!

That which does not kill us makes us stronger …  

This maxim could have been Javier NOYA`s. After a year-break out of the ITU series, he made the most incredible comeback on the Abu Dhabi ITU race, claiming the 1st place as a great champion!

Javier gomez 824x400He took off the lead right from the start… 1st out of the waters, he hopped on his bike and quickly became the front-runner of the first lap. When he finally decided to break through, no one could compete with his fast pace. Tom Bishop tried something but was quickly left behind by a more than determined Javier. After 1H52mins31secs of race, Javier mounts the first step of the podium, hands up!

In 50 endeavours, Javier NOYA has won 13 podiums, been 2nd runner up 17 times and 3rd runner up 7 times.

Tim Wellens bikes through Tuscany in compression tights and comes 3rd!

All that happened on the Strade Bianchi is now levelled to World Tour status and this 12th edition in Italian Tuscany attracted a pack of cycling stars for a unique experience.

Tim Wellens 824x400Lotto Soudal team once again got a breakthrough and placed Tim WELLENS in the leading pack. However Team Sky`s Michael Kwiatowski was unreachable ahead of Greg Van Avermaet from BMC Racing. A well-deserved 3rd place goes to Tim.

On the women`s side, our best rank was Elena CECCHINI`s 10th place, on the account of Canyon SRAM Racing.

Curtains go down on the ISMF Ski Mounteering World Championship

Skimo_824*400Another week of competition on a technical track full of steep obstacles was set on the Italian Alpago Piancavallo. Swiss Iwan Arnold claimed victory on the Sprint race. Our Italian partner Nadir MAGUET finished just outside the podium.

During the vertical race, with perfect weather conditions, Xavier GACHET and William BON MARDION crossed the line in 6th and 7th places respectively.

Last but not least was the relay event claimed again by a Swiss team, followed by the Italians. Our French Team came fourth.

Earnestly awaiting the Pierra Menta Long Distance Team event scheduled for next week.

Other Results on Other Championships

Victor Del Coral 824x400Victor del Corral came 2nd in the half distance Spanish Duathlon Championship while…

Majell Bachausen824x400… Majell Backhausen wins the Motatapu Ultra Trail Race in New Zealand.


In Miami, Leanda Cave makes it to the finish line with a great win on the beach Half Marathon.


Arnaud Demare of FDJ took a great win for his team in Stage 1 of the Paris-Nice World Tour race.

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Tadei Pivk finishes 1st in the Domoliti Winter Trail,

Marco De Gasperi 824x400followed by Marco de Gaspéri, 2nd.


Next Week…

We will be running in Barcelona, cycling from Paris to Nice and ski mountaneering, again, in Italy.

At the same time, the Ironman series set off for a wonderful year! The feast begins in Philippines and Argentina.


Stay tuned and we`ll keep you informed!

Riding in the city

No one needs Tour de France season to love to bicycle in the summer…and during the year! Growing up, my bike was my key to liberty, way before I was old enough to have a car. Since I was ten, I love the idea of taking my bicycle to reach any destination in town and still taking it for a ride with my friends in the country.

Today, if you take your bicycle in the city, you’d better take it also in the countryside regularly, at least to clean up your lungs from pollution. A study recently showed that cyclists absorb four times more fine particles than car drivers in town. This intoxication increases the risks of respiratory and cardiac diseases…

Of course, the more you breathe, the more you are exposed to pollution. The problem is that it is very difficult for cyclists today to avoid pollution, especially during hot days, even in the mountains.

There are certainly some solutions…

What about wearing a mask?

Made out of electrostatic coal, these masks are efficient against certain allergens, some pollutants and a number of bad odors. Actually, a simple cloth worn as a mask can already diminish up to 20% of very fine dust. But this device has a side effect: It forces the cyclist to deepen his breathing. Breathing deeper, he also breathes more particles. Not the ideal…

So, I would like to share a few aromatic tricks with you

  • Avoid hyperventilation: ride quietly and breathe through your nose, which filters air better than the mouth. To help your control your cardiac rhythm, and your breathing, try this essential oil mix on your chest before you go: In 5 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of litsea cubeba (may chang) essential oil and 2 drops of lavendula angustifolia (true lavender). You can also chose to simply put this mix in a vial and smell it regularly.
  • Adapt your itinerary! It sounds evident, but it makes a bid difference! Stay away from traffic.
  • Avoid riding on hot days.
  • Protect your respiratory system with this cleansing and immune stimulant blend: In 5 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of picea mariana essential oil (black spruce) and 3 drops of citrus lemonum (lemon) essential oil. Massage your chest and your lower back with this blend before you go. You’ll feel energized and protected.
  •  If you plan a long ride on a hot day, mix both blends: in 10 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of litsea cubeba, 2 drops of lavendula antustifolia, 3 drops of picea mariana and 3 drops of citrus lemonum.

And do not forget to drink!

Enjoy your ride!

Cycling Season

Criterium du Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse are the very last events that Team Managers use to take their final decision regarding the team of 9 riders they will select for Tour de France. It is without surprise that most of the main GC riders compete in one of these events.

Criterium du Dauphine is a one week race made for climbers. Mainly located in the French Alps, this race is a perfect training for the Tour de France. Until the two last kilometers of the week, we were not sure about the rider who will finish in yellow. Even if the fight for green jersey was done after two stage victories of N.Bouhanni  (Cofidis), we thought that it will be harder for MTN-Qhubeka rider Daniel Teklehaimanot  to keep the polka dot jersey, but the African rider managed his week in a perfect way and won this coveted jersey.

On the GC side, the first mountain stage awarded T.Van Garderen  (BMC). But other favorites such as C.Froome  (Sky) or V.Nibali  (Astana) tried to take the leader’s jersey. 2014 Tour de France winner, Nibali , took the yellow jersey the day after with 42” on Van Garderen. But we saw a Nibali  with ups and downs and the rider from BMC took back the GC lead on stage 7 while C.Froome  took the stage victory. The 8th and last stage promised to be epic and it was. While Nibali  was out of the main group, the British rider attacked in the last 2km. Van Garderen  tried to resist, but exploded and the rider from Sky won the stage and took the yellow jersey for 10”. Rui Costa from Lampre Merida, made a great last stage and finished 3rd in GC.

With Tour de France in sight, some riders prefer to compete in Tour de Suisse as the two events are very close to each other and there is no need to train again to get fit for TdF; after Switzerland you just need to rest. The first stage was a prologue. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) took the start despite a difficult pre-race week due to illness, and finished 2nd and Matthias Braendle  (IAM Cycling) 3rd. Stage 2 was the first mountain stage won by Kristijan Durasek from Lampre Merida. Julian Arredondo  from Trek Factory Racing took the 3rd place.

Peter Sagan  (Tinkoff Saxo) showed he was back on track and won 2 stages.

French Thibaut Pinot  (FDJ) was a big surprise when we saw him in the sprints among the specialists. Thibaut  took the leader’s jersey after the most difficult mountain stage and kept it during 4 days. But Thibaut ’s main rivals Geraint  (Sky) and Spilak (Katusha) were on fire during the last stage and its difficult ITT. The rider from FDJ did not have enough advance to resist and finished 4th overall.

SKYRUNNING TUNES TO COMPRESSION APPAREL

The Skyrunning World Series and the Qatar Road World Championships reunite our partner athletes, who, geared in their most efficient compression clothing, performed to their best.

Flirting with the skies in Limone…

… were the best of trail runners who braved the 27km extreme skyrace and 2450 meters of vertical climbing to reach Limone. Flu-stricken Tadei Pivk, having already secured his overall win of the competition, forfeited his claim to a brilliant finish. French Alexis Sevennec, asked for no more and could trust his compression apparel, specially the PRS special trail, to finish 1st  in the men`s league. On the podium, for the overall win, Pivk and Nikolov grasped the 1st and 3rd steps, while Spanish Hassan Ait Chaou stood just between them. 

And when Vertical becomes Extreme… Philip Götsch and Christel Dewalle claimed their crowns as winners of the vertical climb while Alexis Sevennec and William Bon Mardion, finished 14th and 34th respectively.

In Doha, all was extreme

The heat, the race, the desert…For the 89th edition of the Road World Championships, in the flat desert of heated Qatar, Slovak Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), could thank his Full Socks V2.1 as he sprinted to the finish line, a bike length ahead of Britain`s Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Tom Boonen (Etixx-Qucikstep) from Belgium completed the podium.

To complete the good series… Compressport`s partner Frederik Van Lierde did it again, in Lanzarote where he won the Olympic distance triathlon while Michael Wardian finished 3rd at the Baltimore Marathon.

Next weekend … Reunion Island, Portugal and France will stage some fantastic trail runs : The Diagonale des Fous, the Ecotrail Funchal-Madeira and Les Templiers. Meanwhile Ironman® will continue to smash it up in Arizona and China. Compressport ® partners will sure be part of the show.

Stay tuned for the latest news and sport with Compressport ® .

Compression Clothing befits Cycling: Science proves it!

“My Compressport garments are fundamental to optimize my recovery. I usually use the full socks during travels…. by car, bus or plane… during transfers from the  races to the hotels….”  Peter Sagan, Pro Team Tinkoff Saxo

It is no coincidence Compressport® partnered 9 Pro Tour Cycling Teams on various cycling circuits during 2016, and is developing and promoting products that better suit the sport of cycling.  And if need be, science has brought to light the benefits compression clothing can bring to cycling performances.

Muscle Oxygenation = Toxins Elimination

  • Compression activates venous return to the heart and in so doing, improves overall blood circulation and oxygenates muscles by 15-20%. When muscles oxygenate, toxins are not allowed to stagnate. The Full Socks help eliminate toxins and lactates by almost 13% more than any other recovery medium and enables faster recovery.

Less Toxins = Delayed Pain = Less Swollen Legs

  • Compression eliminates toxins in the muscles. Pain is lessened so you stay focus on your performance. Muscle soreness, reduced by 50%, performance is reiterated. Improved venous return in the Full Leg guarantees light and fresh legs as the latter do not get swollen because of blood stagnation, especially when travelling by plane or bus from one race to another.

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Limited Muscle Vibrations = Limited Injury 

  • Compression strengthens muscles and does not allow that they oscillate and get damaged. The Cycling Bib compression short helps absorb shocks, prevent injury, lessens fatigue and enhances cycling performances. Moreover, compression garments helps posture and so protects tendons and muscles from strain and stress.  Tendonitis, shin splints and muscular injuries are decreased by 29%.

Saving Energy = Better Aerodynamics

  • Compressport`s compression clothing such as the R2V2 Calf sleeves sports apparel help save energy (up to 5 watts!).  Not focusing on saving energy while biking, cyclists move forward easier and achieve greater aerodynamic efficiency.

Some references: Ménétrier A, Pinot J, Mourot L, Grappe F, Bouhaddi M, Regnard J and Tordi N (2014). Effects of recovery using contrast water therapy or compression stockings on subsequent 5-min cycling performance. J Sci Cycling 2:49-56 , ; Lussiana T, Terrillon A, Raynaud JL, Tordi N, Mourot L, Ménétrier A (2014). Dose-effect response of elastic compression on muscular vibrations. Sci Sports 30:101-104

The 2014 Tour de France – Preparation, recovery, we tell you all!

COMPRESSPORT® is proud to be the compression partner of 3 cycling teams on the 2014 Tour de France : Tinkoff Saxo, Trek and IAM Cycling. That is why we asked experts to disclose the key to success: Preparation, recovery, we tell you all!

Presentation of the 2014 Tour de France… 

The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling competition of the world and the 3rd sports event after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. The competition lasts 3 weeks and includes 21 stages with different profiles. In 2014, the Tour starts from Leeds (UK) on July 5 and includes many highlights: 8 mountain stages in the Vosges, Alps and Pyrenees, 1 stage on the cobbles of Paris – Roubaix and 1 time trial with 54 km the day prior the arrival on the Champs Elysees. 198 cyclists distributed into 22 teams take part in the race and the winner will be that who realized the 3664 km as quickly as possible.

A specific preparation for each profile of cyclist

The Tour de France allows each cyclist to successful, sprinter, puncher, rouleur or climber. Consequently, each team will choose 9 cyclists able to respond to the fixed objectives. The preparation will depend on these objectives and will be specific according to the selected riders’ profile. A team focusing of the overall ranking will concentrate her preparation on the aerobic power (VO2max and anaerobic threshold). Training session in altitude with volume and intensity and time trial work will be realized! The choice of teammates will be determinant because they must be able to escort the leader in mountain but also in many other situations: cobbles, wind, falls… Conversely, for the team focusing on the final sprints, the emphasis will be placed on the anaerobic work maximal strength and lactic anaerobic power) without neglecting the volume. The collective tactic to place the sprinter in the best conditions on the last 200 meters will be also worked.

The recovery, key-parameter of the performance!

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The recovery is essential to successful on the Tour de France since the cyclists must be able to perform each day during 3 weeks. To optimize it, some routines are used by the teams. The active recovery (around 10 min on home-trainer) is used immediately after the stage to eliminate the toxins and help body to return to the normal state.

In terms of recovery methods, the compression Is widely wide spreading cycling: the Tinkoff-Saxo of Contador, IAM Cycling of Chavanel or Trek Factory Racing of Schleck brothers use COMPRESSPORT®. The Full Socks are mainly used during the travels and the Full Legs appear to be the indispensable tool to recover during the Tour de France. They will be used during all the duration between the end of a stage and the night!

Then, the cyclists have to favor the restoration of the energy reserves with a specific alimentation into the hour following the end of the effort. The re-hydration is also primordial especially the days of intense heat. Drink sufficiently and regularly to compensate the water losses!

Other methods as the massages for the well-being or the cryotherapy to reduce the inflammatory process will be applied by the team… Finally, the sleep being the best means to recover, the cyclists can use pillows and overlay mattress to improve it. 

About the Author

Julien-Pinot

Julien Pinot comes from Besançon. He is the trainer – researcher for the FDJ.fr professional cycling team. You can contact him at julienpinot@laposte.net.