Teams & Riders The marvelous Victor Campenaerts, cult hero, thread

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I've been cycle touring in Peru going ver passes circa 4800m and sleeping at similar altitudes and felt super strong when I got back! The advantage a tent provides is that you can sleep 'high' and train low at a higher intensity. Best of both worlds.
 
Shouldn't this be forbidden? I have no problem with riders sleeping in altitude tents on existing heights like Campenaerts did a few weeks back on 4700m. That's just fair considering there are riders, like the Colombians, who actually live close to that altitude. But 10000m is an non-existing height and does feel a bit too artificial to my liking.
 
He is not doing that on his intuition, he is getting advice from medical professionals. The intermittent nature stimulates faster red blood cell production. His training load during these altitude camps is extremely low as well, for optimal results.

That said, yes, this is extreme. There need to be some rules on what is allowed and what is not regarding altitude training, real and artificial.
 
Max height Mt Everest level. Place where one can go with his/her own two feet (trainer and training bike in a rug sack..) in this planet. Simple. All altitude chamber hardware manufacturers sign an agreement to calibrate units this way. Then it's equal for everybody.
 
He is not doing that on his intuition, he is getting advice from medical professionals. The intermittent nature stimulates faster red blood cell production. His training load during these altitude camps is extremely low as well, for optimal results.

That said, yes, this is extreme. There need to be some rules on what is allowed and what is not regarding altitude training, real and artificial.
Why? How are you gonna enforce it?
 

google translation:
Hour record holder worries about his future
Campenaerts: "Maybe the Giro time trial was my last race"
With his second place in the time trial of Milan, Victor Campenaerts (NTT) ended the Giro d’Italia with a sense of achievement. But the hour record holder still does not know what will happen to him professionally. "At the moment I have nothing specific for the next season, not even offers on lower terms," Campenaerts told the TV broadcaster Sporza. The Belgian is still under contract with the South African racing team until the end of 2022. But after the announced withdrawal of the main sponsor, it is questionable whether team manager Bjarne Riis will be able to save the team. The Dane is trying to find a successor, but the signs of dissolution are unmistakable, as the recent changes from Ben O’Connor (to AG2R Citroen) and Ryan Gibbons (to UAE Emirates) make clear. “My future is causing me a lot of stress right now. I don't want to think negatively, but maybe yesterday's time trial was my last appearance as a professional cyclist, ”said the 29-year-old Campenaerts, who only joined NTT for the 2020 season and who, like many other professionals, faces a bleak future. A return to Belgium at least seems unlikely for the former Lotto Soudal professional. Campenaerts said it had asked Alpecin - Fenix a few weeks ago, but received a negative answer.

Tough to read. I don't know what his demands are, but I find it very sad that a rider of that quality has problems to get a decent offer. I suppose with CCC and NTT folding and other teams in big trouble as well some teams are waiting until riders like him are desperate to accept a lower offer.
 
Tough to read. I don't know what his demands are, but I find it very sad that a rider of that quality has problems to get a decent offer. I suppose with CCC and NTT folding and other teams in big trouble as well some teams are waiting until riders like him are desperate to accept a lower offer.
Don't know exactly what his demands are either, but he said in the original article that he proposed a cut in wages when he spoke to other teams, but he didn't get a positive response regardless. So he's definitely not expecting other teams to match his current contract.
On Eurosport yesterday, Jeroen Van Belleghem (the Belgian commentator) did say it seemed like there would be a solution for the team because he had heard the employees of the team (not the riders) already got a contract extension.
 
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Perhaps going balls out in the media talking about extreme altitude simulation is viewed negatively by prospective employers....
Find it very hard to believe it is that off putting that a top 10 ITTer in the world and all around very useful rider wouldn't be able to get a contract because of this DESPITE willing to take pay cuts.

Perhaps Campenaerts is a guy that's pretty stubborn in his own ways and thus sort of has a limited selection of teams he'd like to go to or has certain demands of preparing on his own that hamper his chances, but I doubt the altitude tent is the main problem.
 

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