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Geraint Thomas, the next british hope

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10 Aug 2018 12:19

samhocking wrote:A 2kg dump? You need to cut down on the pork pies! Most people have a 3-400g dump!

quite....

but c'mon sam...you've read the book ;)
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10 Aug 2018 12:22

samhocking wrote:Well, Movistar are financially 4x bigger than Sky UK. If any company had the biggest access top funds to pay for protection, it would be Movistar.
Also, I would argue, I was Sky paying for protection, how UCI handled my top rider, I would not be impressed with what I got for my money this year!

I'm not saying they are paying for protection. I'm saying that they are protected by the amount of money they can throw at defending any case against them. Both what we have seen in the open (Froome's case) and undoubtedly what we haven't seen with maneuverings and threats behind the scenes. And also protected in the amount of money they can pay for expertise (who is the current Leinders on their payroll I wonder) in use of nefarious substances.

The size of the company is irrelevant. Movistar (or Telefonica) don't commit anywhere near the budget to their cycling team as Sky do to theirs. Sky is by far the biggest budget team and is more than prepared to throw its financial clout around. To get the best return on their investment they want a British winner, and will speculate to accumulate in that respect.
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10 Aug 2018 12:43

I really can't agree that the financial legal ability to fight a theoretical AAF at the point of just a small handful of options to use mildly performance enhancing substances that cross the prohibited and specified/TUE line at some point in the future is the difference between a rider winning and not winning Tour de France. Contador used the same lawyer for example, and is worth $17 million dollars, Froome is currently worth $14.6 million. I can't see that Froome beating Contador was down to more money in order to dope with more impunity than him and Tinkoff for example? There is very little evidence for that being the state of pro cycling today and if the state of winners, is those taking Salbutomol, then that would imply the peloton is significantly cleaner bothering with relatively poor performance enhancers like that.
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10 Aug 2018 12:51

samhocking wrote:I really can't agree that the financial legal ability to fight a theoretical AAF at some point in the future is the difference between a rider winning and not winning Tour de France. Contador used the same lawyer for example, and is worth $17 million dollars, Froome is currently worth $14.6 million. I can't see that Froome beating Contador was down to money in order to dope with more impunity than others. There is very little evidence for that being the state of pro cycling today?

Well obviously that's not the only factor in deciding who wins. But it is one of many. Some of them are undoubtedly sporting, and Sky do have some legitimate advantages - i.e. the strength of team, robust training programme, rider motivation and psychology, natural talent. But some of them are not sporting - doping, lawyers covering up scandals, TUE abuse, 'altitude' training camps. And, while Sky don't have a monopoly on any of these, they have the financial clout to execute them better than the rest. Which is why they are almost universally loathed.
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10 Aug 2018 13:50

samhocking wrote:Well, Movistar are financially 4x bigger than Sky UK. If any company had the access to the most funds to pay for protection for a sponsors ROI, it would be Movistar, assuming UCI sells the best protection to the highest bidder like most rackets do.
Also, I would argue, If was Sky paying for UCI protection, how UCI handled my top rider, I would not be impressed with what I got for my money this year!


He was cleared and he continued to race in the time leading up to that decision. What is the complaint?
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10 Aug 2018 14:55

samhocking wrote:A 2kg dump? You need to cut down on the pork pies! Most people have a 3-400g dump!

Most people aren't as full of sh*t as those connected to Team Sky.
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10 Aug 2018 18:57

samhocking wrote:I really can't agree that the financial legal ability to fight a theoretical AAF at the point of just a small handful of options to use mildly performance enhancing substances that cross the prohibited and specified/TUE line at some point in the future is the difference between a rider winning and not winning Tour de France. Contador used the same lawyer for example, and is worth $17 million dollars, Froome is currently worth $14.6 million. I can't see that Froome beating Contador was down to more money in order to dope with more impunity than him and Tinkoff for example? There is very little evidence for that being the state of pro cycling today and if the state of winners, is those taking Salbutomol, then that would imply the peloton is significantly cleaner bothering with relatively poor performance enhancers like that.


it wasn't a theoretical AAF...it was an AAF

anyway....the difference is that one was strict liability and one wasn't...with so many grey areas, that's where the money goes.....pushing every one...as we saw that is exactly what they did...Contador only had one angle...the steak...
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10 Aug 2018 20:21

simoni wrote:
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Since this is largely about Thomas, just a bit on his own weight loss (if the figures can be believed)

2011 - (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/8606668/Tour-de-France-2011-Geraint-Thomas-QandA.html) - 71kg

2013 - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraint_Thomas (but ultimately from Sky own website at that time) - 70kg

2018 - (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/29/geraint-thomas-seals-tour-de-france-title-paris-team-sky-chris-froome) - 67.6kg

So clearly he's lost a bit over the years but I doubt he was ever 85kg!


OK my bad if those are true, I knew that Wiggo was low-mid 80s when pursuiting and just assumed Thomas would be similar as he didnt look Tour winner thin, but well, like a healthy trackie.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/olympics/bradley-wiggins-gains-over-11kg-as-he-prepares-for-olympic-team-pursuit-205328
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Re: Geraint Thomas, the next british hope

11 Aug 2018 07:27

the issue isn't the difference in weight but how it was achieved....whilst making it up :) I'm pretty sure that those trotted out as being pursuit and GT winners historically pretty much did it concurrently and at the same roughly the same weight...sky seem to have the ability to have their riders yo yo in manner some might call both highly suspicious and unhealthly..............

Edit to add the wise (and still unanswered) words of our great leader:

To illustrate the point, Paul Kimmage asked Brailsford precisely how Peter Kennaugh had managed - by his own admission - to lose five kilograms since he lined up at the Tour de Romandie in late April.

"Through calorie deficit," Brailsford said bluntly, before then expanding slightly on his answer. "Why not speak to Nigel our nutritionist? It's a good question to ask. That is a lot of weight to lose and I totally agree with you. What do we do to get to that kind of weight loss? They're the types of questions that would be legitimate to answer. I don't think there's any great secret in that."
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11 Aug 2018 11:02

It’s almost as if Brailsford doesn’t know what’s going on haha
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11 Aug 2018 14:54

Winterfold wrote:It’s almost as if Brailsford doesn’t know what’s going on haha

He doesnt. Just there to fascilitate.
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Re: Geraint Thomas, the next british hope

11 Aug 2018 15:05

gillan1969 wrote:"That is a lot of weight to lose and I totally agree with you. What do we do to get to that kind of weight loss? They're the types of questions that would be legitimate to answer. I don't think there's any great secret in that."


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