Originally Posted by The Hitch
But its pretty logical that suspicion of doping falls on those who produce super performances. Like Lemond said in 2000 "this is the greatest story or the greatest fraud".
In fact Wiggins himself said its the winners on whom suspicion falls
Well yes. Of course had Armstrong never won, the events of the past year would likely have never happened. You can be sure that many riders in the 99-05 era committed the same doping offences as Armstrong, but have got away with it. Armstrong's biggest mistake was to win (and be an odious c*** who is currently finding out what karma means)
But more importantly a good performance is only part of the argument, more important is the improvement.
Its not that Wiggins and Froome were so good at the Tour its that they improved so much. Wiggins finished his first Tour in 134th position. Froome in 80th. Now they are 1-2.
That is a well-trodden argument on this thread, and let's not start it again for fear of all the innumerate trying to justify their positions with some very bad science.
The corollary of that is also a factor, who has deteriorated, and deterioration includes not being there (Clue: AC)