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Friday, January 19, 2007

Team Astana Pro Cycling Team and TrainingPeaks Team Up
Training Peaks is proud to announce we have been chosen to work with our third Pro Tour team in 2007. The newly formed Astana team comes from the ahses of the 2006 Liberty Astana team with a whole new management company lead by the Marc Biver. Team Astana has a head start when it comes to talent as they have signed the 2006 Vuelta winner Alexander Vinokourov, Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli and grande tour podium riders Andreas Kloeden and Andrej Kashechkin.

I just returned last night from having spent the last four days at the team Astana training camp in Monturi, Mallorca. I was a great pleasure to train the medical staff, directors and riders on how to optimize their TrainingPeaks and Cycling Peaks WKO+ software.

I just noticed that they released a news statement about TrainingPeaks on their web site at

The original text is in French and pasted below but I also ran it through a free language translator and pasted the translation below.

The team Astana decided to work with training software "Training Peaks" and "Cycling Peaks". As early as the announcement of the creation of the team Astana, in last August, the first contacts with the creators of these new software were taken and the latter were presented to the racers at the time of their first encounter, in last October to Geneva.

At the time of the training camp to Majorca, the racers next were able to learn exactly the different functions of these software in order to use them in a manner optimum. Concretely, that means that all the data of the racer, at the time of its trainings, will be able to be measured, analyzed and planned by the athletic directors and the astana doctors Cycling Team, at any moment and everywhere in the world.

The usage of these software has for goal not only to create the better work conditions so for the racer than for the team Astana, but will serve also prevention as for the health of the racers.

L’équipe Astana a décidé de travailler avec les logiciels d’entraînement “Training Peaks” et “Cycling Peaks”. Dès l’annonce de la création de l’équipe Astana, en août dernier, les premiers contacts avec les créateurs de ces nouveaux logiciels ont été pris et ces derniers ont été présentés aux coureurs lors de leur première rencontre, en octobre dernier à Genève.
Lors du camp d’entraînement à Majorque, les coureurs ont pu ensuite apprendre exactement les différentes fonctions de ces logiciels afin de les utiliser de façon optimale. Concrètement, cela signifie que toutes les données du coureur, lors de ses entraînements, pourront être mesurées, analysées et planifiées par les directeurs sportifs et les médecins d’Astana Cycling Team, à tout moment et partout dans le monde.
L’utilisation de ces logiciels a pour but non seulement de créer les meilleures conditions de travail tant pour le coureur que pour l’équipe Astana, mais servira aussi de prévention quant à la santé des coureurs.

Team Astana Anti-doping Policies seen at:

This web page also outlines the teams anti-doping policy of which TrainingPeaks is a part.

Anti-Doping Policies and Ethical Code for ASTANA CYCLING TEAM 2007
1-Four (4) UCI Controls per Year as established by UCI.
2-One Anti-Autologous Auto transfusion Test (AATT) at training camp (to obtain baseline levels) and several more at the races during the season by surprise, done by independent facility.
3-Blood tests will be done to cyclists before EVERY single race through the season. The cyclists will not be allowed to enter the race if blood results are suspicious.
4-One Echocardiogram as well as one ECG/EKG both at rest and at maximum exercise done by an independent cardiologist.
5- Three mandatory Physiological Tests per year in order to establish a physiological profile as well as to advice the cyclists about their training and diagnosis of possible overtraining and underperformance compared with other physiological tests done. First Physiological test will be done in January, the second in the spring, and the third one before/after tour (depending on riders' schedule). The tests will be conducted at independent laboratories supervised by Astana Medical Staff. In addition, we will perform additional blood tests through the season if Sports Directors or Medical team believes it is necessary.
6- Monitoring of cyclists' training through revolutionary new training software. Mandatory to download training data with no more than 6 days delay. We have a revolutionary software where we can monitor at all times from any computer logged to internet in the world what riders are training on that specific day, week, month, etc. We will be monitoring Heart rate, power, altitude gain, average speed, total kilometers and hours, even nutrition taken that day and many more features.
7- Declaration of cyclists before each race admitting that they are not bringing/consuming any illegal ergogenic aid neither any medicine banned or without the advice of Astana Medical Team. 8- Declaration that riders will not seek any medical attention outside Astana Medical Staff.
9-Introduction of DNA testing

posted by Dirk at 11:47 AM


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