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Br J Sports Med. 2007 August; 41(8): 509.
PMCID: PMC2465450


The modelling in question is a useful tool for estimating important variables when we do not have equipment for direct precise assessment. Indeed, quantification of external load in aerobic sports and its relationship to performance are cornerstones to training. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of modelling for cycling training because it analyses the precision of several traditional models that could be used in clinical or practical (training) contexts to assess peak power output, prescribe exercise, and design training programmes with the most accurate method and best rationale. On the other hand, these models must be used with caution because they do not fit the data perfectly and obviously a new statistical analysis is required to better determine the accuracy of estimates. Finally, some practical applications would be interesting.

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