Scientific article

Speed trends of major cycling races: does slower mean cleaner?

ContributorsPerneger, Thomas
Published inInternational journal of sports medicine, vol. 31, no. 4, p. 261-264
Publication date2010

Since doping improves athletic performance, anti-doping policies should have the opposite effect. This analysis examined whether changes in the speed of major cycling races reflect recent anti-doping efforts. Average speeds of 5 (th) place finishers of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España cycling races were obtained for the period 1990-2009. Between 1990 and 2004, the average speed had been increasing by 0.16 km/h per year (p<0.001). In a downturn, since 2004, the average speed has decreased by 0.22 km/h per year (p=0.031). The slowing down of professional cycling races is compatible with the hypothesis that recent anti-doping efforts in professional cycling have curbed the use of performance-enhancing substances.

  • Acceleration
  • Bicycling/ethics/physiology
  • Competitive Behavior
  • Doping in Sports/prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Time Factors
Citation (ISO format)
PERNEGER, Thomas. Speed trends of major cycling races: does slower mean cleaner? In: International journal of sports medicine, 2010, vol. 31, n° 4, p. 261–264. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1247593
ISSN of the journal0172-4622

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