An Overview of the Athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP) in Professional Road Cycling and causes of natural variation within the ABP

Rory Nolan, Richard Usher, Neil Heron

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the athlete’s biological passport (ABP) within professional sport, with a particular focus on professional road cycling. We describe the rationale behind the ABP, what is recorded on it (particularly focusing on the haematological passport), what can cause ‘natural’ variations to it and discuss its role within professional sport. These ‘natural’ variations often occur at Grand Tours but more research is required into what happens during these multiple-stage road cycling races in terms of the ABP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
JournalJournal of Science and Cycling
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Athlete biological passport
  • ABP
  • natural variations
  • road cycling

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