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State of the Peloton 2024

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is it just me or is there no actual "rise in crashes"? it feels like if anything there's actually less crashes the past 3-4 seasons than in the previous decade. we just happened to have two big crashes with high profile riders that's skewing the perception. caffeine makes you more focused and alert, i would think it'd have the exact opposite effect on crashes.
Regarding alertness - it is the right amount will do that. Too much, and you can be super jittery. Example - a bit more caffeine than I am used to and I am pumped and ready to suffer a bit more, for a bit longer, etc. This includes something technical like MTB or C. Too much, and in MTB or Cx I am making errors all over the place. I've never taken so much that road races have been a technical issue, but I raced against people who are wayyyyyyyy to jacked and they are very sketchy :p

As for crash rates and seriousness, that should be a question answerable by available data, if anyone wants to crunch some numbers!
WADA testing for Ecdysterone

A study from 2015 no less, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4447764/
An anabolic activity of ecdysterone was clearly confirmed by our investigation. The anabolic potency of the ecdysterone was comparable or even higher as found for the anabolic androgenic steroids, SARMs or IGF-1. Moreover in-silico docking experiments support the postulated non-androgenic mechanism of ecdysterone. More likely and in agreement to the experimental data anabolic activity of ecdysterone is mediated via binding to the ER particularly ER beta. With respect to doping prevention the high anabolic potency of ecdysterone justifies its classification as an anabolic agent and therefore needs to be listed in the category “S1 Anabolic Agents” of the list of prohibited substances of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Why WADA has not banned Ecdysterone is a mystery to me. Unless they have no test for it.
"8 to 18 hours for Ecdysterone to be fully eliminated from the system"

WADA sponsored study from 2019
Our results strongly suggest the inclusion of ecdysterone in the list of prohibited substances and methods in sports in class S1.2 "other anabolic agents".

If the peloton is jacked up on this, I suppose it'll explain the "durability" comment from January.
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Prati di Tivo in Giro d’Abruzzo today

Holly molly! Prati di Tivo in 2021 was a very strong performance by Teddy and Yates. What Lutsenko did is an equivalent of climbing Alpe d'Huez in circa 38'30'' (slight VAM adjustement between 7% and 8% slope). Let's see how the Slovenian answers during the 8th stage of the Giro! I think that after this stage he will have an enormous advantage in the GC.
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The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is the only organization that restricts the amount of caffeine in an athlete's system by limiting acceptable urine concentrations to 15 ug/mL, which equates to ~500mg of caffeine or ~6-8 cups of coffee 2 to 3 hours before an event.

Tapentadol is also on the WADA monitor program list and it could well be a substitute for Tramadol. That would not be surprising given that the same people behind Tramadol, also invented Tapentadol.
"The potency of tapentadol is somewhere between that of tramadol and morphine."
What is this with celery?!
Oliver Naesen, who was seemingly on a decline, resurged at the Tour of Flanders this spring, taking a step up along with the whole Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale formation. But in the end it turned out that something else was behind Naesen's struggle.
The cause had to be found somewhere else, in something very innocent: celery. "My blood has been drawn countless times, but nothing has ever been found. The breakthrough came when I reacted very strongly to celeriac one day. My throat closed. Dorien happened to not be at home. I thought I was going to have to call an ambulance."

Problem solved, although that is certainly easier said than done. "Celery is in f*cking everything. On Sunday after Roubaix we ate fries. I looked it up: the only 'meat' I could order in the chip shop was a Bicky Burger, everything else contains celery. So that's what I learned this week."
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