Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 118

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France Close-up Portrait 16 1994 No other sport allows spectators the chance to get so close to their heroes. 4 8 16 Whilst the madness on l’Alpe d’Huez must give riders a much-needed adrenaline boost after a grueling stage, the crowds can sometimes be extraordinarily reckless. 2 2 2 2 8 4 1994 m Ca rl Take Wilfried Nelissen and Laurent Jalabert. Coming to the end of an exciting sprint stage they had a hideous crash – the reason? iss 1-4 5 Ze m 1:2,8 Nr 128 Te s s a The Man Machine 76 r 96 A policeman foolishly leaned out to take a photo, causing the collision. They abandoned the tour and some say they were never quite the same riders again. A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1995 1995 Consider if you will the superhuman physiology of 1995 Tour winner Miguel Indurain. His blood took 7 litres of oxygen around his body per minute, compared to 3–4 litres for an ordinary person and 5–6 litres for fellow riders. His cardiac output was 50 litres a minute; a fit amateur cyclist's is about 25 litres. Indurain's lung capacity was 7.8 litres, compared to an average of 6 litres. His resting pulse was as low as 28bpm compared to the average 60–72bpm. His VO2 max was 88 ml/kg/min. Half man, half robot perhaps. 118