wattage said:I wanted to find out what the general opinion was about VDV. Is he truly still the Yardstick? I don't know. Astarloza finished 11th and he was popped from EPO use although not at that race.
I think that majority of the riders are cleaner than in the 90's but you have to still hit the magic 6.7w/kg number to win TdF. That hasn't changed.
The general opinion is how high he places determines how doped the peloton is. Thus, VdV = Yardstick. I'm waiting for Yardstick to place higher than LA, Cantador, and the Schlecks so we can know they are clean.
Wattage, you must wake up and get with the program here; I am losing my patience with this stuff that you should already know. We know certain riders dope all the time, and we just know in our hearts that others would never dream of doping. Yardstick, Evans, Sastre, Millar (now) etal fall in the latter category. LA of course falls into the other category. In fact, just his presence in the peloton causes everybody to start doping again, except Yardstick. LA'd presence made him fall 4 places from 08 to 09. The peloton was doped 4 Yardstick degrees more in 09 than 08 due to the LA doping osmosis effect.