Originally Posted by Bernie's eyesore
Not exactly true to say he sucked all year and suddenly came from nowhere in the Tour is it? But if you want to bend the facts to suit your argument than fair enough.
Even Froome needs some race days to warm up. He suddenly was over his Bilharzia in time to race well at a key warm-up race in order to be in top form at the Tour.
It doesn't change the fact that until then he had a grand total of 5 CQ points for the year - for the amazing result of not climbing off and getting into the team car in Romandie.
As I said, I believe the bilharzia existed, and potentially still exists. I also don't believe that said disease is so convenient that it can be cured specifically for a major race when one's contract is up, then strike again immediately for several months, only to clear up a month or two before another major race.
Originally Froome claimed that he had caught it in the 2010-11 offseason, but this has been pushed back further and further to explain more and more of his down period. I understand that the nature of the disease makes this not just plausible but likely, but I still see it as strange that a guy who has shown enough promise to be a decent top level pro, but nothing more, is suddenly a superstar who can drop anybody at will - but only at selected times of the year.