Originally Posted by rata de sentina
First of all it's not entirely clear what the benefits would be for an athlete of ACs performance characteristics would be to take growth hormone (or clenbuterol for that matter).
Then there's the highly questionable idea that you would see any visible difference. Craniofacial structural changes can't possibly be judged by photography for the simple reason that soft tissue can change for all sorts of physiological reasons. I am not convinced that even in patients taking long term GH therapy that brow ridge growth is a feature. Generally it is the jaw and posterior base of the skull which grow. But all this information is from patients with GH deficiency.
Basically speculating on possible doping with GH on the basis of photos may be a bit of fun but that is as far as it goes.
everyone knows a cyclist's intrafacial white tissue and muscle atrophies over 20k mile seasons, especially a veteran after half a dozen pro seasons.
anecdotally, testo and hgh is a supercharged recovery dope combo. Chaser With a smidgen of igf1 and insulin, they are right to go.
Contador has developed a little cromagnon simian brow there, like Edge