If some of you still think blood doping was possible in a gran tour in the summer in the 1980's here is a little more info from a google search on proper blood storage
"When you store human blood and its components, there's little or no room for error. Red cells and whole blood, for instance, must be maintained strictly
within the range of 2.0 to 6.0 degrees Celsius or 35.6 F to 42.8 F
Blood must be kept within 2° to 6°C(35.6 F to 42.8 F,) in order to be safe and effective for transfusion. If exposed to temperatures greater than 6°C, blood's ability to carry oxygen is greatly reduced and the probability of bacterial contamination is heightened. Furthermore, exposure
to freezing temperatures will render blood useless and the transfusion of such blood could be fatal
. For these reasons, the proper storage and transport of blood within the cold chain is essential. Standards for refrigerators, cold boxes and temperature monitoring equipment for use in the blood cold chain are key.
Now if anyone wishes to continue this ridiculous premise i suggest you think about the logistics involved, what you know and what you think might even be a plausible scenario of transportation and storage. There is a reason why medical grade refrigerators are used for blood storage. Small temperature fluctuations can be fatal
. You cannot just pack blood in ice or ice packs and throw it in a sytrofoam cooler(fyi modern gel ice packs are used for a reason, they give a more consistent temperature. of course that did not exist during the period in question)
So please before just saying "it was possible" lay out for us HOW
it was possible. Keeping in mind that the days when the blood would be most needed would be in the Alpine stages. The most remote areas requiring the longest transport times and with the most primitive hotels and fewest creature comforts in the whole tour. Then allow us to poke huge holes in your theories.
It seems ridiculous to me that people who are upset at the fraud Lance perpetrated on the cycling world continue to lash out , trying to bring others down to Lances level. No professional riders of Lemonds era have leveled accusations at him. The only people who do are restricted to posters on message boards. However plenty of Lemonds contemporaries have stepped forward to vouch for the legitimacy of his accomplishments, including Paul Kimmage who went out of his way to single out Lemond as the one clean rider beyond reproach. And we have his record of excellence from a young age. Junior world champ Senior world champ. And the physiological numbers to back up such performances( highest V02Max up to that time)
All that points to Gregs legitimacy. And still ex fan boys grasp for straws that somehow showing that it might be possible for Greg to be dirty will help them feel better about themselves. They have nothing beyond he was too good to be clean. In case you missed it i posted earlier about a certain miler in high school with a best time of 5minutes 24 seconds who a year and a half later became the first high schooler to break 4 minutes in the mile and only the 13th american to do so. Numbers 10 11 12 did it in the same race that Ryun did.He did this within a decade of Roger Bannister being the first to accomplish the feat. There is no doubt that Ryun was clean and his amazing result was purely from hard work. And yet it took 36 years to break his high school record and plenty of those that tried & failed had access to better training , PED's, and today they run on fast artificial tracks versus the dirt tracks of the 60's.
Being the best is not
proof of cheating ask yourselves why you try so hard to argue the point.