Hayden Roulston wrote:No professional rider could ever lose 8kg just like that - impossible! Everyone has a more or less professional life style, with 15-30h of training/week. How could anyone race as a pro for years being 8kg too fat?:rolleyes:
Moreover, you cannot just say "I'd love to lose a bit of weight here and there". Your body has a particular amout of muscles which you won't lose unless you suffer from anorexia...
I'd say 1-2kg's sounds reasonable... anything else is just a myth!
And generally: The older you are, the bigger your amount of muscles gets usually...
Anyways, the Garmin page tells me Wiggins is 77kg... He has never been 85kg!
serious question: what is it with this forum and some of the posts, such as this?? Have you actually seen what this guy looks like right now? I know pics have been posted on this very forum, so I'm sure you have. Does it really look like he's lost 1-2kg??, or have the photos been altered?? I've seen him up-close and personal, and he's easily 7-8 kg lighter than he was on High Road.
As far as weigh loss affecting power output, I'm not people people who suggest that really have much of an idea about the components of producing power in an endurance cycling. Hint: it's not muscular strength.
Lastly, people talk about his track background as if he was a 200 meter sprinter or something? Endurance track cycling relies on the same energy systems as road cycling. It really isn't that complicated.
I don't know if he's clean or not, I don't know him (though I believe he is). I do know several of his teammates quite well and I do believe they're clean (and are strongly pressured from the team to ride clean at all costs)--despite what you read on here.
What I will say though is that 'he's just a track cyclist', 'he's only lost 1-2 kg' and 'no one can lose 7 kg and put out the same power' are total BS reasons for accusing someone of doping.