Originally Posted by Bye Bye Bicycle
In my eyes that's all pure speculation. A lot of those "hunger knocks" are as likely cheap excuses for clinic stuff - or bad preparation (in a non-medical sense). But of course riders/d.s. will always claim that it was a "hunger knock".
And Xorret de Cati is just a terribly hard climb. Fabio Roscioli in 1999 sucked even worse than Taaramae and nearly rode backwards. That was some of the strangest things I've ever seen in cycling.
Agree with this. Contador tried using the hunger knock one on the Galbier stage when he was clearly suffering all day. Its better to say they forgot to eat than that they had an off day. Hunger knock gets you all of a sudden.
Taaramae just cracked, which is completely different.