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Tour de France Cyclists Live Longer

The average French competitor in the Tour de France lives about 6 years longer than their non-competitive French age-matched countrymen, Xavier Jouven, MD, a cardiologist at Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou, Paris, said at the European Society of Cardiology meeting. "We found a substantially and significantly lower mortality in French participants in the Tour de France compared with the general male population." "That represents a 41% lower mortality compared with the general population of the same age with a standardized mortality ratio of 0.59 [95%CI 0.51-0.68, P<0.0001)]." Jouven X et al, "Mortality of French participants in the Tour de France (1947-2012)" ESC 2013, Amsterdam.