Red-Ace slept under a plastic hood for 400 hours
Bisseger exploits on tour from Hohenzelt on time trial?
Stefan Bisseger (23) did everything to shine in the Tour de France. So far it hasn’t worked. But there is one last highlight.
Sleep with your head under a plastic hood? Stephen Bisseger (23) has no problem with that. The professional cyclist has spent 400 hours in high-altitude tents since May and provides a picture to illustrate. “Usually I don’t go as deep in it as in the photo, just my head. It practically doesn’t bother me,” says the man Thurgau, who used special construction to simulate an elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. uses. It produces more red blood cells, which improves the body’s ability to absorb oxygen.
For this purpose, professional cyclists often go to altitude training camps in the mountains for important races. Last year, for example, Bissegar slept for weeks on the Santis at 2,472 meters above sea level. This time he bet on the high tent. “There are some where you are inside with your whole body. But then it’s always really hot. With my model, at least most of my body stays cool,” says the time-tested expert.
40.7 kms – too long for Bissegar?
During the Tour de France, Bissegar no longer uses a tent. The effect of altitude simulation usually sets in after six to seven weeks anyway. Is he now ready for a battle against the clock on Saturday between Lacapel-Marival and Rocamadour (40.7 kilometres)? “If you want legs, that’s fine,” he says.
One thing is certain: the opening time trial in Copenhagen (Danish) could hardly have run worse than Bisseger. Three weeks ago he crashed twice on a wet road and finished 99th instead of the podium he had hoped for. “We probably chose the wrong tyres then. They were prototypes and they probably weren’t optimal. But I put it off, » Bisegger says.
It remains to be seen whether the eastern Swiss can drive against the clock on the podium in the second Tour Test. After all, after three weeks of hard work it’s not just time tested qualities that count on paper. Bissegar’s former coach Marcelo Albasini says: “40 kilometers is too long for Stefan. He’s better at shorter tests. But you never really know with him!”