I don't think it's that mysterious: it was said last year, I believe that it was a fine balance between reaching goal weight, and not getting ill. I suspect they tried not to get too thin for the Giro. Maybe they expected more weight loss between the Giro and the Tour, but maybe he simply had to eat to rebuild energy and condition after the gruelling Giro.rhubroma said:You know what Flo, it reconfirms what I thought about him last year after 2014. I couldn't understand why he was visibly heavier at both the Giro and Tour. I mean 2013 was a lesson, 2014 was to set things straight...and he did.LaFlorecita said:He looks scarily thin. Ammattipyoraily noticed it too.hfer07 said:I just saw a picture of him during the Fundacion Contador team and- god damn-he looks skinny
Never seen him this thin at this point, hopefully the engine is working too. And we will see if his TT skills have been compromised.
2015 though was a step backwards and now 2016 he is leaner than ever, even than 2014! The whole thing is weird. It's almost as if something led him astray last year, or didn't permit him to be in top shape??? But how, I asked myself then, was that possible, given the adjustments made between 2013 and 2014? He knew in 2015 what shape he needed to be in to be the best, while 2014 gave him the formula, but he wasn't even close. And now, presto, he's either going to miss the target due to an accident, or else he's going to crush it like never before. But Froome, to the contrary, has been just as lean, or leaner, without loosing any power, for the last several years. This after being a more robust, mediocre pro at the begining of his career. While Alberto, who quickly asserted himself as the best, is now more eradic in form from one year to the next??? It doesn't make sense.
Something doesn't add up.
I have to be honest, whatever his form -- and obviously I hope he absolutely crushes everyone - I do not like the sound of 'starving himself' all winter. In fact, I think the emaciation that cycling seems to require is pretty sad. Fine if you have nutritionists and doctors etc., but not a great model for the young athletes to emulate without access to expertise.
And yeah, winning the Giro can only be deemed 'a failure' for someone as great as Contador!
Still wish he'd set up a crowd funding account for his new team. I'd happily join in as a sponsor!