An Overview of the Athlete's Biological Passport (ABP) in Professional Road Cycling and causes of natural variation within the ABP

Authors

  • Rory Nolan
  • Richard Usher
  • Neil Heron Queen's University Belfast Keele University, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.28985/1920.jsc.02

Keywords:

Athlete biological passport, natural variation

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the athlete's biological passport (ABP) within professional sport, with a particular focus on professional road cycling. We describe the rationale behind the ABP, what is recorded on it (particularly focusing on the haematological passport), what can cause 'natural' variations to it and discuss its role within professional sport. These 'natural' variations often occur at Grand Tours but more research is required into what happens during these multiple-stage road cycling races in terms of the ABP.

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Author Biography

Neil Heron, Queen's University Belfast Keele University, UK

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Lecturer

Published

2019-12-31

How to Cite

Nolan, R., Usher, R., & Heron, N. (2019). An Overview of the Athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP) in Professional Road Cycling and causes of natural variation within the ABP. Journal of Science and Cycling, 8(3), 3-8. https://doi.org/10.28985/1920.jsc.02

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Review articles