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The BBC has reported on how medical studies are trying to establish whether there is a link between cycling and life expectancy. Two studies have looked at lifespans of Tour De France competitors from

The BBC has reported on how medical studies are trying to establish whether there is a link between cycling and life expectancy. Two studies have looked at lifespans of Tour De France competitors from different timespans. One study has concluded that Tour de France competitors lived around six years longer than the general population, whilst another found that Tour de France competitors lived on average 8 years longer than the general population, although both studies only really show an association between cycling and longevity as the statistics affecting life expectancy can be skewed by other factors as a large proportion of non-cyclists will have underlying health problems.

A Danish study tried a different analysis by comparing the life expectancy of cyclists who cycled intensely against those who cycled at a leisurely pace and found that those who did intense cycling lived on average 5 years more for men, and 4 years more for women.

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