Along with welcoming new riders and team staff to the squad, and enjoying a few short end-of-season spins, the riders went through a series of health checks and medical examinations as the state-of-art Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic.
The riders went through what the medical staff termed as, “preventive examination, which consists of testing the vital capacity, and lung and cardio-respiratory function using stress tests on a bike, ergometer, combined with spirometry; isokinetic which is used for screening of all possible injuries and an ultrasound of the heart.”
The group of athletes were first ushered into a medical waiting room and asked to fill out questionnaires surrounding their health and consent. Then the local medical team entered the fray and called a register.
Each rider, starting with Peter Sagan, was brought through a series of medical suites and put through the series of tests. Sagan, just in bib-shorts, was made to carry out a stress test while readings from his heart were taken and then measured while he rode a static bike that incrementally upped the resistance.
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