Parrot23 wrote:On Froome I see Brailsford says this:
"His rise to notoriety was hampered by bilharzia, a water-borne disease he caught in 2010.
The thing is they aren’t on top of it. He got it again in February/March 2012 and by his own admission it took them some time to identify from his symptoms that he’d got it again. Unless they are stating he rode his entire career up to early 2011 with bilharzias without knowing about it then this argument doesn’t wash one little bit. Symptoms reportedly include blood in your urine so it seems extremely unlikely to me that he’d spend years cycling without identifying the disease.
In the extremely unlikely event that he had unknowingly been harbouring a blood related parasitic disease for his early career then I’d concede there is a chance his performance in the past 9 months could be his genuine level. That he really has been a superstar in the making hobbled by an energy sapping, hard to trace disease. Consider that gauntlet thrown down.
Actually, wait a minute, stop being so lazy Fergoose… *stoops down and picks up the gauntlet and googles*
It appears Froome may have first contracted bilharzias in November 2010 when he visited Kenya. It appears this was his first time getting the disease, so bang goes that theory. http://www.realpeloton.com/
Oh jings. He was bedridden for two weeks with a chest infection caught during the Algarve race (15th to 19th of February 2012), and then spent two more weeks trying to get over it (taking us to mid-March). Following that he had blood tests identifying a recurrence of bilharzias and received treatment. So even being conservative in suggesting diagnosis and treatment took a fortnight, he was most likely totally off the radar for six weeks since mid-February. He indicates he resumed full training, fittingly enough, on about April the 1st. He’s even posting this information up there himself! http://www.chris-froome.com/diary
He is the best rider in the world but has only been training since April! If someone thinks I’m being unfair or that being 100% at this stage after starting training in April is possible, please speak up. I’m no expert on how long it takes to get into racing trim.
Parrot23 wrote:Looks like he turned pro in '07 with a South African team of all things. He's really from the hicks, as it were. He's not been a proper top tier team until Sky. Two years with Barloworld is hardly great for his development. Cycling is not like Kenyan runners, I would think, where they just go out and run at altitude and eat a high carbo. corn maize diet.
Apologies if I'm picking you up wrong. So you think the trade off in 2011 & 2012 is to his advantage. He gets a red blood cell devouring parasite and substantially interrupted preparations on the one hand, but a better training regime on the other? But the net result is a dramatically improved performance?