Contador's TT....Seriously!?

Jul 24, 2009
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You know...far be it from me to bring up the over stressed doping topic, but come on!

After reading Kohl's accounts as to what happened to him, how it happened and how the peloton is a society that just accepts it, how can anyone possibly believe that Contador smoked that TT course as he did beating arguably one of the best individual TT'ers in the business? Everyone seems to be asking Sastre and Evans what is going on with them, what's wrong, why aren't they doing very well? Menchov, coming of the Giro win (even with DiLuca being caught), what's wrong with him in the tour? Should we look back and do research as to how the body reacts after taking doping measures and what the outcome is after stopping the doping measures? What is the performance, or lack there of? The question should be raised, are they just top professionals who are actually not doping this tour and are riding at the level that all of those in front of them in GC should be riding as well?

I'll bring it up, simply because I have always been skeptical to the LA scenario of pounding everyone prior to all of those being caught for doping. I mean come on...how does a 37 year old, who visually looks like crap when he can't go with the attacks of the Schleck brothers and Contador, a few minutes later come close to bridging a minute or more gap by sprinting up a 10% grade after riding four category climbs prior to that? We are all riders, we have all been at the perverbial wall...how many of us have been able to just overcome that and sprint ahead to try and catch up like we had just started our ride and there was a mountain lion chasing us up the hill???

Seriously, they either just need to legalize the performance enhancing drugs that it seems most are on now or they need to do what Formula One has done with making the teams state how much fuel they have on board after their final qualification position. The cycling teams just need to provide a list stating which rider is on what drug so that the other teams know what they are up against.

It seems we have finally come to that part of cycling where a top GC contender needs to not only be able to ride all disciplines, but also needs to be able to assert his efforts accordingly so as to not draw attention to himself and raise speculation as to what kind of drugs he is on.
 
Jul 24, 2009
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I agree, something was just wrong about Contadors TT yesterday. Everyone can see it. Beating Cancellara on a more or less flat road? after Cancellara relaxed on the day before to be able to perform.

Its not like his rumour has gotten better after this... in my book at least.

I mean come on, its a spanish guy (no pun intended) on a kazakstan team, who has had pretty strong links to the puerto case, and im guessing someone wanted to protect the spanish riders.

Hopefully hes the strongest rider ever to have seen the light of tour de france, i just doubt it, after a 50 pound guy beat the muscle machine in TT.
 
Jul 11, 2009
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Wow, just wow.

19 days in the saddle, a grueling 3 days through the mountains and Sparticus is supposed to be on World Championship form>?

Cadel Evans was on pace to win the TT before it literally rained on his descent and he loss massive chunks of time. Contador was almost a minute up at the top of the climb, that was alot harder then anyone imagined, then lost 43 secs in the last 11.5kms and almost 12 secs in the last 3kms.

Some superb timetriallers:
Contador 61 kg
Leipheimer 62 kg
Klöden 63 kg
Evans 64 kg
Marco Pinotti 66 kg
Chris Boardman 69 kg

Spartacus is 80kgs and that extra weight took its toll on him over the mountains, especially the effort he gave for his team on Verbier. Just because he rested the day before on the queen stage does not mean that his body and power took a ****e kicking.

And just for the record, Contador finished 4th in the Olympic TT, so he can TT quite well.
 
Jun 18, 2009
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Otto123 said:
Seriously, they either just need to legalize the performance enhancing drugs that it seems most are on now or they need to do what Formula One has done with making the teams state how much fuel they have on board after their final qualification position. The cycling teams just need to provide a list stating which rider is on what drug so that the other teams know what they are up against.
rofl (i actually did fall over:D)
 

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