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Jens Voigt

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Suffering and Sport: TDCS, Perception of Effort, Controlling Emotions, The Hour Record for Cycling, More

Oh boy! More stuff to contemplate on Performance Enhancement and Perceived Effort.

This all started with a BBC article, discussed and listed below, which seemed a bit disjointed, like this article will. First, let's cover a simple electrical device that may help reduce the mental blocks (some people might consider these safeguards) to exercising to physical exhaustion.

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Thomas De Gendt Talks Strategy, Sausages and Defending the Paris-Nice Jersey

Here's an interesting interview with a guy who talks and rides well, and seems to have respect for cycling and its traditions...and his team mates and competitors. If his words turn out to be genuine, I could be considered a fan. I haven't followed Paris-Nice well this year, but it is usually one of the first two events I notice a bit each year (along with Tirreno-Adriatico. 

Here's the finish of Stage 1, where you can see Jens Voigt hanging with the young guys again, including de Gendt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo4_lJYfrQ

I thought it was nice to hear what I took to be frank, direct answers to some interesting questions, like how's it different when you go to an international pro team:

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Tiny Nation Hosts Huge Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project with the Schlecks, Cancellara, O'Grady, Voigt

Get ready to cheer for the mouse that roars (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/) as Fränk Schleck and Andy Schleck plus former Saxo Bank riders (and others) will be joining them for a super team that looks pretty exciting. Other squads are looking strong, too, especially with some of the recent consolidation of major teams. 

Location

Luxembourg
Luxembourg
49° 36' 36.0144" N, 6° 7' 46.5456" E
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Alberto Contador Velasco Drops Everyone, Takes Yellow Jersey, Paris-Nice Stage 6

In case there were doubts, forget about them. Contador left everyone without leaving the saddle at first, distancing F. Schleck and L.L. Sanchez by :58 and taking a commanding lead in the Yellow Jersey GC (overall) competition. Thanks to...

http://www.letour.fr/2009/PNC/LIVE/fr/600/classement/

...for great results quickly and beautifully posted, pasted here for your edification and for further promotion of their event.

Locations

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
France
44° 20' 58.5384" N, 4° 45' 58.6872" E
Montagne De Lure,
France
44° 7' 31.08" N, 5° 46' 40.08" E
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