M Sport wrote:Very contrasting lighting in those shots, to me it just looks like he's got older and his face is leaner. Your body fat percentage can also change your looks dramatically, a rider is going to look different in March to the end of July. A change from 10% to 5% is going to make anyones bones stick out.
rata de sentina wrote:First of all it's not entirely clear what the benefits would be for an athlete of ACs performance characteristics would be to take growth hormone (or clenbuterol for that matter).
Then there's the highly questionable idea that you would see any visible difference. Craniofacial structural changes can't possibly be judged by photography for the simple reason that soft tissue can change for all sorts of physiological reasons. I am not convinced that even in patients taking long term GH therapy that brow ridge growth is a feature. Generally it is the jaw and posterior base of the skull which grow. But all this information is from patients with GH deficiency.
Basically speculating on possible doping with GH on the basis of photos may be a bit of fun but that is as far as it goes.
Berzin wrote:Who is the fellow rider on Contador's right? Which team was this?
The only thing simian in this thread is the intellectual prowess of the credulous.blackcat wrote:Contador has developed a little cromagnon simian brow there, like Edge
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
Berzin wrote:Off-topic alert-Those blue jackets are really nice.
Anyone have any information on what company makes them?
OneRaceWonder wrote:The brand is called Hummel. Danish company. They have a few nice things actually...
Mrs John Murphy wrote:Is it me or has something odd happened to Contador's head and face. It seems to have changed (got longer more horse-like) over the years.
What the hell has happened to his eyes/brow?
tofino wrote:Look who's next to him in some of those photos.
He was to worried about getting a ride back to the hotel in that podium photo. He could see LA and Brunyeel driving away from his view on the the podium.
In the Astana shot I think he was wondering why his bike was having 105 installed.
Now he's happy, happy with Riis.