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Old 11-21-12, 17:22
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fact of the matter is: we've seen russians (e.g. the Safinas) and italians (e.g. Serrani) move to (the north-west of) Spain to train (and with great results), but no Spanish players moving to Russia or Italy, afaik.

iow: There is something cosey about the north-west of spain, mallorca, etc.
What Bretagne was to the Galliers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix), Catalunya, Valencia and the Baleares are to Spanish sports.
Seriously, buy an atlas and a compass! For someone so obsessed by a certain locality it's quite embarrasing that you still mix up west and east.

Valencia - South EAST
Catalunya - North EAST
Balearics - EAST
Canaries - West African Coast.

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Not all of Russia is Siberia! By the Black sea, it barely falls below a mild chill.
On the beach 11C average and sub tropical... Not so mild in the costal mountains and hills.

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Who trains there then?
Sharapova did for a while, some Top tennis players still do. Sochi in particular is quite the sporting mecca with the Winter Olympic games being held there soon. Not so great as a winter base for cycling though, and it's not in the EU.
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Old 11-21-12, 18:42
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Seriously, buy an atlas and a compass! For someone so obsessed by a certain locality it's quite embarrasing that you still mix up west and east.

Valencia - South EAST
Catalunya - North EAST
Balearics - EAST
Canaries - West African Coast.
ha, true, i tend to mix those up. funny.
thanks for making my point clearer.
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But the results were "amazing" in Tenerife. Everyone should go there for "amazing" results.
Dredging this thread up with news that Robo-Basso is training there. We all know Basso to be the paradigm of an honest sportsman, even while giving testimony.

Giving evidence by video link from Tenerife, where he is training, Basso, banned for two years in 2007 for his links to the doping scandal, repeated the claim he made then that he never actually doped, but only planned to do so.

http://road.cc/content/news/76158-ga...oping-evidence
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Old 02-12-13, 22:53
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Dredging this thread up with news that Robo-Basso is training there. We all know Basso to be the paradigm of an honest sportsman, even while giving testimony.

Giving evidence by video link from Tenerife, where he is training, Basso, banned for two years in 2007 for his links to the doping scandal, repeated the claim he made then that he never actually doped, but only planned to do so.

http://road.cc/content/news/76158-ga...oping-evidence
The entire peloton is there!

Everyone seems be training because it harder than racing.

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“I’m going to Tenerife after this,” Wiggins told VeloNews. “I’m not doing Paris-Nice or Tirreno, or those races.”
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Oman will be the last race for the Giro group until the Volta a Catalunya, March 18-24. The Giro del Trentino (April 16-19) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 21) are also scheduled.
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“I’m not doing many races this year; this is my last race for a while.”
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Old 02-12-13, 23:41
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Oohh, well it's so obvious, it must be true
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Old 02-13-13, 00:47
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Tenerife - Nearest WADA labs, Madrid and Barcelona, 7 flights a day, 3 hour flight.

Florida, nearest WADA lab, LA or Canada, 7 flights a day, anything up to a 7 hour flight.

Read into that what you will.
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Old 02-13-13, 00:54
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According to this article, a health centre on Tenerife was a supplier for a recently busted doping ring. The drugs were imported via international criminal networks and sold mainly to body builders and fitness fanatics. 23 people charged.

http://www.expatica.com/es/news/span...ng_255671.html

I know this topic has been discussed to death but just want to point out Tenerife continues to be a location that is a hotbed for doping. Conversely, it is also a place with ideal training conditions.

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Oohh, well it's so obvious, it must be true
What's obvious?
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Old 02-13-13, 01:25
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According to this article, a health centre on Tenerife was a supplier for a recently busted doping ring. The drugs were imported via international criminal networks and sold mainly to body builders and fitness fanatics. 23 people charged.

http://www.expatica.com/es/news/span...ng_255671.html

I know this topic has been discussed to death but just want to point out Tenerife continues to be a location that is a hotbed for doping.
The population of Tenerife is just under a million, the Canaries as a whole over 2 million. So more than Manchester, Miami and Marseilles combined. Finding a drug dealing gang in a population that size is hardly unusual.
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Tenerife - Nearest WADA labs, Madrid and Barcelona, 7 flights a day, 3 hour flight.

Florida, nearest WADA lab, LA or Canada, 7 flights a day, anything up to a 7 hour flight.

Read into that what you will.
I'm not sure the testers live in the lab and travel from there. But they do have to transport the samples back in under 24 hours.

Everybody seems to be there these days. There's a remoteness to the place but the only doping correlation one can make is "jacking" the passport. Sneaky sneaky.

When at altitude a sample threshold is indexed higher.
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