Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Bissegar: mountain air thanks to high-altitude tents

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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.

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