Astana – Premier Tech partners with CORE to advance performance insights
Driven by a desire to better understand rider physiology, Astana – Premier Tech welcomes CORE Body Temperature Monitoring as a technical partner for the 2021 season.
CORE’s innovative body temperature monitoring technology will allow Astana – Premier Tech’s performance team to gain a deeper insight into the impact of body temperature on rider performance and recovery.
“When it comes to data analysis we are always looking at ways to better understand rider performance and until now, it has been difficult to measure riders’ body temperature in real time. We know that body temperature can impact performance and CORE offers us a unique and easy method to track both core temperature and skin temperature in a racing and training environment. This technology will help us to understand the relationship between body temperature and performance and adjust our cooling and hydration strategies on a rider by rider basis,” – says Ivan Velasco, Astana – Premier Tech Team Technical Manager
“We are very pleased to welcome CORE as our new technical partner and look forward to working together and drawing on their extensive expertise. At Astana – Premier Tech, we place a lot of emphasis on performance and innovation so we want to partner with companies who share the same philosophy. It is clear that our partnership with CORE is a perfect fit,” – says Yana Seel, Astana – Premier Tech Managing Director
“I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Astana – Premier Tech. Not only am I deeply impressed by the team’s grand palmarès with such a talented and successful squad but also by the leadership from a team of world-class experts who are striving to improve and excel in every single aspect of cycling. We look forward to working closely together with coaches, nutritionists and riders, and will do our best to leverage CORE’s unique technology and expertise to optimise riding performance,” says Wulf Glatz, CEO greenTEG AG
The CORE Body Temperature Monitoring device is a compact unit that clips onto the rider’s Garmin heart rate monitor strap to measure live core body temperature metrics and records data directly onto the Garmin computer, used by Astana – Premier Tech. CORE is built with an advanced, Swiss-made, thermal energy transfer sensor which delivers accurate measurements (±0.21ºC).
It is the only wearable solution that allows athletes to capture highly accurate core body temperature data without the need for an ingested or inserted thermometer.Like heart rate and power-output, core body temperature is a crucial performance metric which helps riders to train and compete more effectively. In the lead-up to racing, heat training has proven to boost performance while core body temperature monitoring during races can guide strategic decisions such as active cooling or committing to a break-away.
CORE is made by greenTEG AG in Zurich, a company founded in 2009. greenTEG develops and manufactures thermal sensors for the photonics and medical industry. The CORE Body Temperature monitoring device was developed as an affordable, wearable and convenient solution to accurately measure core body temperature in a non-invasive manner. Released in 2020, CORE has been adopted by prominent athletes, teams and national sporting bodies.
Photos: Michiel van der Meer