BroDeal said:I think people make a mistake when they point to wattages of entire climbs. The argument has been made that the power levels are down, so the Tour must be clean. They point to times on climbs and power derived from those times. But road racing is not a time trial. Rogers and Porte do not have to ride a 450W tempo for an entire climb. They only need to discourage people from attacking. That can be done by riding a stiff pace and easily reeling in anyone who attacks. It only takes a few times to convince the other teams that attacking is useless. The best they can do is stay with the group and hope the situation changes during another stage.
I don't agree with the assertion that Sky was not very good, everyone else sucked.
Are you writing this in reply to my post? Or the assertion in general. I think the power values had er value in that they set the tone for the tour - namely:
Sky: when we ride (or say we are riding) at the maximum plausible clean power on the climbs, by default, noone can sustain an attack as as they will automatically look implausible / doped.
Personally I think Sky rocked the tour this year, and rode within themselves (except Froome) at all times on the climbs, where accurate enough estimations of power can be determined. When it came to the TT, they were able to open the throttle and pummel people with impunity, because it's much harder to reliably calculate power output and point out abnormal performances.