SpinToWin said:Well pretty much everyone in Kenya who has been outside Nairobi or the highlands around Mt. Kenya has had bilharzia. Indeed Froome's whole family have had it and are still trying to shake it - it's not an easy parasite to kill. For an athlete, as Froome points out, it's your worst nightmare as it attacks your red blood cells.
As for the cynics out there, ask Nairobi's "Centre for Tropical and Travel Medicine", Dr Chunge, if he treated Froome for bilharzia.
I'm not necessarily thinking the bilharzia is a falsehood.
I'm thinking that it's hilarious that he was simply just about ProTour domestique level, then it was discovered just in time for him to hit perfect form for a GT where nobody else (except somebody equally suspicious) was on form, just in time for him to go from "possibly losing his ProTour contract and being maybe taken on as a domestique at Lampre or Garmin if he was lucky" to "GT podium on a much more lucrative contract"...
Then his first port of call was to contract the same illness again! This time it was cured just in time for him to destroy the field at the Tour de France, after achieving a grand total of nothing all year until the Dauphiné.
He may well have had bilharzia... but the characteristics of bilharzia (which would validly affect a pro cyclist of course) seem to be being used as a convenient justification for preposterous superpeaking.