Well I think the jury didn't even need to go out for deliberation.the sceptic said:I guess the jury is still out on climbing speeds.
What about time trials? my gut feeling tells me they arent going any slower now than in the 90s
There is no verifiable evidence the speeds are down.
The statement that they are sounds nice and looks good on a PowerPoint slide.
But speeds are not down. Or there's no evidence to suggest they are.
To your most recent point; I brought this up in my first post before I was harassed and chastised, that an interesting study would be climbing speeds and TT speeds combined, compared from today to the dark era.
My feeling and its only a suspicion right now that there is a subset of riders whom can climb exceptionally well and produce phenomenal power in ITT.
I point towards Armstrong and Contador (09) as examples of this phenomenon.
And in present day Froome/Wiggins as climber/ITT'er.
If one was attempting to predict doping I think you might find a correlation between the two disciplines with the performances and power outputs.
It's only a theory, I could be wrong but I will look further into it over time.
Vayer goes into this a little with his study but believe it needs more research.
Good question though! Thanks!