Benotti69 wrote:DFA123 wrote:I get the impression that Valverde is one of those riders who would have dominated everything with or without doping. He has a base level that other dopers have to peak (in addition to their doping) just to get to. His rounded power profile is something that doping can only accentuate; doping alone can't suddenly give an aerobic diesel the ability to sprint or put out incredible anaerobic power - you have to have some kind of existing fast twitch fibres and natural ability. Plus his record as a junior suggests he's not solely some kind of mutant super-responder - unless he was doping since he was about 10.
He can probably feel slightly hard done by that he grew up in an era where doping was necessary.
He has a base level?????? You know this. how?
Piti has been riding a bike a long time and taking a lot of PEDS. He is, imo, a great responder, but he still only has 1 GT to his name, so whether he doesn't over do it or he made a decision never to test positive and plans his program around what can be tested for. He appears to be a seriously smart doper.
IMO, he's a seriously smart doper with protection in very high places. That seemed obvious with how he avoided getting banned for so long after Operación Puerto blew wide open in 2006. Spanish government seemed to be in on the act.
As for DFA's comment, nearly the entire last 25 years has been an era where doping was necessary. He is hardly hard done by