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Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance
  • Bolt vs Gatlin: Two stories, two trajectories. Beijing prediction
    The media have hyped the Bolt vs Gatlin 100m clash as "good vs evil". Hype aside, it should be a fascinating race, a clash of performance trajectories, with Gatlin trying to hold off an improving Bolt. Analysis and prediction of the race (doping set aside for now) The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Great power, great responsibility. Less power, greater speeds
    "With great power comes great responsibility", quoted Sky as they released Froome's power data from the Pyrenees. Only problem is that with less power than some rivals, he achieved greater speeds. Physics reared its head, and created impossible scenarios. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Comparative and longitudinal physiology
    There's been much talk of how physiological data - a VO2max - would validate or refute cycling performance. The reality is, as usual, a little more complex than this. My take, some illustrative examples of the concept, and suggestions for how performance, physiology & biology can work together to tell the story The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Semi-transparency, smoke, mirrors and an illustrative case
    As rest day #2 of the Tour arrives, more and more talk of transparency, with a vague commitment of average cadence from a stage from Sky. I say keep it, and share more thoughts on transparency, including the case of Pinot to illustrate the value The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Neanderthals, aliens, performance data & context
    A neanderthal took to urine throwing in the Tour. Patriotism sure does inspire stupid actions sometimes. The preoccupation with the performance and physiological data inspires similar passions. But what would an alien visitor make of it, if the context was added to the debate? The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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