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Medical examinations with Tinkoff Saxo - gallery

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Peter Sagan went through several physical tests

Peter Sagan went through several physical tests
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Albert Contador and Peter Sagan during the press conference at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic

Albert Contador and Peter Sagan during the press conference at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic
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The Tinkoff Saxo team enjoy a gentle spin at their training camp

The Tinkoff Saxo team enjoy a gentle spin at their training camp
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The Tinkoff Saxo riders keep their winter fitness levels up

The Tinkoff Saxo riders keep their winter fitness levels up
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The Tinkoff Saxo riders at their photo shoot in Croatia

The Tinkoff Saxo riders at their photo shoot in Croatia
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Tinkoff Saxo training in Croatia

Tinkoff Saxo training in Croatia
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At the start of Peter Sagan's medical examination

At the start of Peter Sagan's medical examination
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Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff Saxo)

Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff Saxo)
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Stefano Feltrin (right) watches on as Daniele Bennati is tested

Stefano Feltrin (right) watches on as Daniele Bennati is tested
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Jesus Hernandez begins his medical

Jesus Hernandez begins his medical
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Daniele Bennati is given a strength test

Daniele Bennati is given a strength test
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo)

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo)
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Peter Sagan is about to start his medical

Peter Sagan is about to start his medical
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Alberto Contador meets fans at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic

Alberto Contador meets fans at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic
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The Tinkoff Saxo riders are presented at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic

The Tinkoff Saxo riders are presented at the Thalassotherapia Opatija clinic
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Alberto Contador, Robert Kiserlovski and Peter Sagan

Alberto Contador, Robert Kiserlovski and Peter Sagan
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The Tinkoff Saxo team in Croatia

The Tinkoff Saxo team in Croatia
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The Tinkoff-Saxo team's last training camp of 2015 or first of the 2016 campaign – depending on interpretation – took place in Porec, Croatia, this week.

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.

Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan, Michael Rogers and Daniele Bennati were part of the final wave of riders who visited the clinic on Wednesday with Cyclingnews also in attendance.

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.

"Contador, Alberto?"
"Present."
"Rogers, Michael?"
"Present."

"It is interesting that, even out of the competing season, when they are not in a top shape, these top cyclists are achieving 40 to 50 per cent better results than the average person who does recreational sports," said prof. Dr. Vedran Buršić, Head of Diagnostic Department of Thalassotherapia Opatija.

All of the riders were given a full bill of health and even team manager Stefano Feltrin went through the health checks with his riders. The team will now disband for the next few weeks before their December training camp.