Originally Posted by hiero2
Who in their right mind would suggest Frank Schleck as a clean rider?
Frank is a one time 3rd place finisher, a two-time top 5 (up one spot thanks to Lance), and a three time top 10 TdF finisher. All accomplished in the 'dark' era.
In a 'cleanish' Tour, he should be a hands-down favorite.
If he isn't, then he is a good reference for establishing the level of doping.
Again, the comparison with Z in that 2012 TT does lend support to Garmin's claims of a clean team.
Other performances, though, raise questions regarding claims of clean performances by other riders.
In the '09 Tour, for example, Schleck was only one second behind Wiggins in the final classification and just 42 seconds behind a disqualified Armstrong.