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Jul 11, 2012
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ToreBear said:
Don't know anything about Bilharzia, but most diseases/infections/parasites, don't take affect immediately upon infection.

It might take a bit of time before symptoms become noticable.
The incubation period is usually a matter of weeks. Froome himself states that he had tests done whilst in SA in December 2010 - which would have been a few days after the race on 27 November - and according to him / Sky PR, this is how he came to know he had the disease.

"We found out that I had it last December, I had a full blood screening in Africa as they regularly check for it over there.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/olympics/3810169/Chris-Froome-beat-the-bug-for-second-at-Vuelta-a-Espana.html

Why would he need tests for Bilharzia after just doing the lion's share of the work setting a new course record at our longest one day event?

Using Google's date range search we can establish that there is zero mention of Froome and Bilharzia until the very day he takes the leader's jersey at the 2011 Vuelta. That includes any knowledge of him having the disease here in South Africa, where he was already a well-known face on the local racing scene.

The day before Vuelta leaders jersey - nada

The day the Vuelta concluded - 2 pages of results
 
Dec 13, 2012
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Not sure if this has been posted but Antoine Vayer tweeted 'Now i know. About christopher. Now, call him Foolrme. I hope he'll win the 100eme Tour. For fun.'
 
Froome19 said:
Thanks never knew :eek:


He got it in December 2010, what GT did he finish?
And seriously don't make up that stuff about a disease if you haven't got the faintest first clue about it..;)
What I meant was that some “fans” think that his performances prior to 2011 were because of the disease. And once cured he reached his true potential at the Vuelta 2011.

Which is not the case.

His performance prior to August 2011 is what Froome naturally is. Mid to low end pack.
 
SundayRider said:
Not sure if this has been posted but Antoine Vayer tweeted 'Now i know. About christopher. Now, call him Foolrme. I hope he'll win the 100eme Tour. For fun.'
A lot of people are talking.

Lot of stuff going around.

Lets see what hits the press come July.
 
May 30, 2013
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Pentacycle said:
It's often been referred to as a chest infection or a cough, but I can't remember reading about the exact hows and whens of what he's doing when he has a recurrence.

Just taking big pills and stuff. But what is he capable of, right in that period?
from holding on to motorbikes to looking like he's riding a motorbike
 
Jun 15, 2009
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thehog said:
ok smarty pants.

How does one treat someone with bilharzia?
Usually with a med called praziquantel and corticosteroids in combo. (As you'll be able to verify by employing the latest fad called Google)....

Jeebus!
 
Jun 15, 2009
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wansteadimp said:
As you seem to know what you're talking about, does bilharzia have a dormant phase where someone could have it without symptoms? Also, does one treatment cure it or is it a disease that can return after a period of time?

Thanks.
As with antibiotics, where you're in danger of having enough bacteria left to get a second outbreak of the disease even though you're symptom-free and thus are tempted to go off medication, that is also the case when looking at symptoms and stool-samples on Bilharzia-ridden patients. One parasite left, with its egg-laying capacity intact is enough to give you another go. Normally it will take some time for it to flare up, though, and depending on your immune-system you can be symptom-free intermittently.

If he goes home to Kenya he'll risk getting re-infected also. The disease doesn't have to be dormant.
 
Aug 1, 2012
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hektoren said:
As with antibiotics, where you're in danger of having enough bacteria left to get a second outbreak of the disease even though you're symptom-free and thus are tempted to go off medication, that is also the case when looking at symptoms and stool-samples on Bilharzia-ridden patients. One parasite left, with its egg-laying capacity intact is enough to give you another go. Normally it will take some time for it to flare up, though, and depending on your immune-system you can be symptom-free intermittently.

If he goes home to Kenya he'll risk getting re-infected also. The disease doesn't have to be dormant.
Good information.

There should be a timeline of health and results statements from Froomy and Sky regarding his career progression. Post it as a sticky.
 
hektoren said:
Usually with a med called praziquantel and corticosteroids in combo. (As you'll be able to verify by employing the latest fad called Google)....

Jeebus!
Corticosteroids!! :eek: Need a TUE for that.

Question. In theory. Could you have the disease and ride a GT with it?
 
Jul 11, 2012
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hektoren said:
Yup.

One of the prominent symptoms of Bilharzia is coughing. Anybody noticed Froome's cough at post-stage interviews?
Interesting, so he coughs in the post-stage interviews but not whilst pile-driving up the mountain at 500 watts.
 
Can anybody put those 2 video's next to eachother?

One from Froome where he's struggling up a steep climb somewhere in Italy, not even going 5 km/h.. to the one on Pena Cabarga, where he is going fast on a 18% bit, faster than me on a 0% piece of road.
Would be a nice comparison
 

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