So this is really a performance question more than a doping question per se, but something that was knawing at me ever since Contador brought it up yesterday, and after today's Giro TT I fear I'd just get "take it to the clinic", despite the fact that I'm not necesarily implying anything. He said:
How true do you guys think this is? In the three week slog of a Grand Tour, are we marvelling at, more than his strength or explosiveness, an athlete's ability to recover?“Richie has placed a thousand bets on this stage, and so has Urán,” Contador said. “We’ll have to see how my shoulder holds up, but the most important thing these past few days is that my legs are starting to feel much better. The big difference in a grand tour is each rider’s ability to recover.