Tour de France: Why do cyclists jump onto a stationary bike right after a stage?

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
I just saw the end of Stage 18 of the Tour de France. Less than 5 minutes after crossing the finish line, both Froome and Quintana were in the tent riding stationary bikes, still with post-race sweat dripping off them.

Why do pro cyclists jump onto a stationary bike right after finishing a stage? Obviously it's a cool-down thing but I still don't get it.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
When you work your quads to a cramping stage, then stop cold, you need either a message cool down, or you can gradually work that muscle down to a normal state, by riding the stationary slowly winding down, getting blood flow with more O2, less effort, gradually slowing the heartbeat.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Bit of doping in any man vs man sport. Boxing, MMA, running, swimming, biking, etc.......
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
It's active recovery. Light, easy spinning gets blood flowing to the legs which helps clear out the lactic acid and aids in getting ready for the next day. Google "active recovery after workout" and there are lots of articles.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Hell if they all doping then who cares........even playing field.
This is actually wrong. Some people respond better to the drugs than others. Tyler Hamilton's book mentioned it. If I recall correctly, he said a rider with a naturally higher hematocrit would not see as much of a boost through epo compared to someone with a lower hematocrit. I might be wrong though... I don't have the book on me and I'm not too knowledgeable on the scientific stuff.
 

Wynter

Legend
This is actually wrong. Some people respond better to the drugs than others. Tyler Hamilton's book mentioned it. If I recall correctly, he said a rider with a naturally higher hematocrit would not see as much of a boost through epo compared to someone with a lower hematocrit. I might be wrong though... I don't have the book on me and I'm not too knowledgeable on the scientific stuff.
It's basic science, no two people have the same metabolism/biological makeup, drugs affect each individual on different levels.
 
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