External training load, performance markers and body composition of professional road cyclists with-in competitive season
Throughout the competition season, exercise performance and body composition are modified depending on the specific training regime employed as to face the races schedule at the best.During the season, bioelectrical impedance analyses (BIA), weight, body circumferences, skinfold thickness measurements (7 sites), were performed on four professional road cyclists. All measurements were completed in the morning in fasting condition. Training volume and intensity were also monitored within the season. Resistance, reactance and vector length slightly increased over the season, whereas sum of skinfolds showed a slight decrease. On average, external workload did not significantly change over the course of the season. In conclusion, riders body composition improved closer the most important races for the team during the season.
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