Frosty wrote:Maybe he just had a bad year last year? Did very well in the Giro the previous year, maybe he overtrained or something? For someone who did as well as he did in 2010 at age 25 his results this year arent necessarily that odd if he was able to do better training - he performed well on the climbs but was able to take it very easy after pulling off the front.
Does anyone know why his performances last year were that poor?
roundabout wrote:I am a bit puzzled by his 2011 season. One hand with the contract pretty much in the bag for next year, he didn't have to worry about results, on the other hand a falling out with Riis and staff changes shouldn't have had such an effect.
TylerDurden1 wrote:He finished 7th overall in the Giro 2010. wore pink for 3 days.
He didn't get better all of a sudden, he was always a good rider ...
He probably could've finished top 10 overall in the tour if he rode for himself.
thehog wrote:Last year could barely keep up on the flat. Now he's gangbusters on the climbs at 450w+
No wonder Simon Gerrans got out.
Parker wrote:The main reason is that Contador came into the team. This meant a) Porte's chances to ride for himself were greatly reduced and b) Contador brought his own mountain domestiques with him (Navarro, Hernandez etc) meaning Porte rode more in the flatlands.
He'd also fallen out with Riis at the end of 2010 as Riis hadn't offered him a pay rise and then he had wanted to break his (very underpaid) contract to move to Sky. Also his mentor (Julich) had left the team.
However, when you look at the times when he could ride for himself (TTs) his results were good. Perhaps better than 2010.
maltiv wrote:Ok, so having one good year, followed by a bad year, and then a good year again, is a proof of doping now? Come on. Anyone can have a bad year, particularly a guy who just turned pro. Porte's performances this season have been perfectly reasonable considering the talent he showed in his first (which were far more surprising to be honest). I'm not saying he's not doped, but using his one bad year as an argument for that is just silly.
Gerrans has improved more than Porte the last year, so I really don't get your last point. At Sky, Gerrans was mostly a half-decent hilly rider who could get top 10s at best (or ride an entire TDF without ever being on the screen). The only result he got at Sky was GC in Tour of Denmark.
Now, he's clearly one of the best riders in the world. That's an improvement for you right there. Certainly no less improvement than Porte. But I guess that's not suspicious because he's not from Sky?
Caruut wrote:Come on, you know he's not saying it's "proof", but we all know that wildly fluctuating results is one indicator of possible doping.
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