I really don't understand why people seem to insist that what Froome is doing is more monstrous than what any of his competitors did (edit, I just realised that no one here is saying Contador, Valverde etc are clean - all dopers at some stage)
. Yes he's head and shoulders above the rest, but that's because they're nowhere near their best performance (because they are not doping as much or as effectively as Froome)
Now I know everyone is referring to the last 15k, which were ridiculously
quick yes (only Lance has been quicker in the Tour)
, but they started the climb at a very leisurely pace (after averaging 50km/hr for 220km)
, not to mention there was a massive headwind (which, of course, means a mutant last 15km is even less credible)
Basically Froome is riding at the level of 2009 (and probably 2010) top riders when they were doping at an unrestrained level
. I think anyone looking at Contador and Schleck now can see they're not riding at that level because they are doping a little less this year
. So I believe Froome is not superhuman, just doped more than anyone else.
I believe others are no longer at the level they were leaving a gap for him.
In conclusion I believe that it's very much the easy way out to say what he's doing isn't normal because of how he's defeating the competition, without any consideration of their level. And honestly I think it comes from Sky hate. After all, I used to explain away the anti-Lance folks as "haters" too and look how that worked out for me
Honestly I started this tour hoping Froome wouldn't win, but this complete and utter hatchet job being done on him is making me support him more and more because, u'know he's like a rooly noice guy n stuff