Sudden Cyclist Lung Disorder
Tour de France Loses Cyclists: "We all have the lungs screwed up."
In a video from Eurosport France, the sports journalist goes to meet the competitor Victor Lafay, to understand the abandonment of this member of the Cofidis team on the road to Saint-Etienne.
“You are sick, injured, you have an explanation, because it’s not usual for you, we saw you very well in previous races, how do you explain all that?”
The response from the 26-year-old professional is surprising:
“I’m sick, I’m not the only one, I was talking to Castroviejo in the group, who can’t breathe either. I’m struggling to breathe, I lack oxygen and it’s getting worse and worse. There is nothing I can do!”
It is quite natural that the journalist then asks him if he has not had the covid. To which Victor Lafay replies:
“All the Covid tests are negative and there are a bunch of them in the peloton, it’s the same who are all negative for Covid. So, could it be something else? Many of us have the same symptoms.”
Le Monde went, in turn, to interview the runner to understand Victor Lafay’s abandonment and the explanations are the same:
“No strength, and then impossible to breathe. I talked about it in the peloton, there are many who have it. Castroviejo (Ineos), he told me it was the same, Pierre Rolland (B&B Hôtels KTM) too, Naesen (AG2R Citroën) who retired had also told me about it. We are all negative for Covid tests . So either we’re negative but we still have it, or it’s something else. We talk a lot about the Covid, but there may be something else. In any case, we all have the lungs screwed up. And when the muscles are not oxygenated, after a while it can no longer work.”
I think I might have an idea what happened here.