- Jul 21, 2012
AcademyCC said:Not much SKY chat recently. And rightly so. My own opinion is - Wiggo won the tour in 2012 clean. Poor field, parcours that suited him, strong team and couple of time trials for him to put distance into the opposition.
I actually think Nibali was fairly low octane that year, maybe even close to clean. I also think Contador was low octane in 2013. They were both thinking about being normal.
Then came along the Dawg and he massacred everyone. Alot of pressure piled on both Contador and Nibali from team/sponsors and they went back on whatever juice is floating about now. Hence we have seen both of them come back and dominate in separate events since. I wish we would have seen Froome and Contador take on Nibali at the tour - would have given a better insight.
In summary IMO - Wiggo is clean. Froome is a mutant. Contador thought about being clean then sacked it and the same for Nibali.
Wiggins is not clean. Sorry.
If anything his transformation was more mutant than Froome. Yes, he did not reach the same heights as the Dawg, but Dawg also had more talent to begin with.
Froome could climb a little bit at least. He only lost 10 minutes to Sastre on alpe and was top 30. He also showed some promise in the 2009 giro. (sideways climbing aside!)
Wiggins on the other hand could literally only climb on the level of Cavendish before his transformation. He never did anything close to top 30 on a MTF. It was autobus every day.