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Pentacycle said:The TT flattened out, which Martin handles much better, being almost 10 kgs heavier than Froome. This makes more sense than just guessing, as long as we don't have any power files.
hrotha said:It wasn't about avoiding a test, it was about PR.
Cerberus said:it's a possibility and IMO much more plausible than Porte throwing away a likely secodn place for PR, but it is also possible that a TT specialists like Tony simply edged out a legitimate (for certain values of "legitimate") win against a less specialized Froome. Possibly aided by other mundane factors such as stronger headwind on the final stretch for Froome.
veganrob said:Is it possible we are seeing the results of genetic doping experiment. Scary to think about it but we know elite athletes will do anything to win.
Iirc correctly, a few years ago a poll was taken from olympic athletes, would they cheat to win a gold medal even if it meant they would have be dead in five years. I believe the majority said they would.
thehog said:Good in theory. But he was still 20% ahead of 3 other grand tour winners.
Porte last Satutday after pulling a massive turn then decided to rise off on said grand tour winners.
Moose McKnuckles said:Chris Froome didn't come from nowhere. He came from a laboratory.
BroDeal said:A combination of two things. The peloton is cleaner, the doping is much more limited, and Froome is a great responder.
I think what DiLuca and Santambrogio show is that doping can make a huge difference now that the rest of the peloton is cleanish. Ironicly, the fight against doping has made doping even more efficacious, provided a rider can avoid being caught.
This is cycling at three speeds: Clean, limited doping, and Froome.
Rollthedice said:Probably Vroome turned down the gas because we was told or rather yelled at. Even so he almost took the stage. As for testing, LA was the most tested rider in history.
martinvickers said:See, that's my thinking (i've expressed my views on Froome elsewhere)
IF I was pushed I would say it's a 'technique' rather than a 'substance'; say sleeping while hooked up to CPAP machines pumping super oxygenated air, or thinned oxygen, or whatever (I'm not suggesting that's what they do, simply the 'idea' of some wacky bit of o2 manipulation not involving a substance)
(CPAP machines are used by people with sleep apnea to raise soft palate and ensure steady breathing during sleep, to help normal oxygenation of blood. Great snoring aid too.
i know, BTW, because i use one. it pumps you full of air, and while uncomfortable for the first week, actually is very pleasant to use after that - a real feeling of 'clear' breathing, and that's just pumping standard air. I'm sure it could be hooked up to either reduce or increase 02.
Only drawback is tendencey to catch colds and coughs. It was Froome's persistant coughing during inteviews put it in my head.
now back to scheduled programming)
finchna said:i was wondering if froome turned off the gas at the end of the itt to avoid a test, but the first place stage and overall tour leader and two random riders are tested each day.
finchna said:if froome is doping he's also being tested each day, right? is pharma producing new drugs that are hidden from the testing currently in place? if that's the hypothesis are samples of these riders blood being stored securely for future retesting?
mrhender said:Okay, to the ones who think he is doped
-Does he dope under the tour? or only up to races?
This could be important if he is to be busted under the tour.
mrhender said:As far as i know the french anti doping agenture has close cooperation to the police when it comes to surveillance and phonetapping etc.
If he is doped i would like to se him busted before the end..
And my hope is that the french can put pressure on sky to pull him out like Rasmussen.