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Originally Posted by Grandillusion
I know this has been discussed (probably to death) but I can't trawl through over 1000 pages to look for the evidence:
Is there reliably honest power output data (ie not from the Teams themselves) over the last several years which could show that things are generally somewhat "cleaner" than at the hight of the Armstrong period?
It seems a simple way to assess cleanliness by comparison (unless the teams are so sophisticatedly devious as to be able to fake low power outputs strategically).
Possibly the most relelvant analysis to your question, with a good preamble about Bradley's outburst about...well this place. Basically the analysis tells us they were climbing within psyiological limits, but the counter to this is that they are doping to a minimum so giving themselves only a slight edge and performance within the realms of possibility, or that they were soft-pedalling, with an eye on their power meter to make sure they didn't trigger any alarms.
Depends on your viewpoint really, but power and speeds up the climbs are distinctly below the dark era speeds.