Did he? In that case why were his results still dwindling from 2008-10? It seems that December 2010 was the time he was first diagnosed with it, whether that's when he got it is something else entirely. I suspect it's more likely to have been some time earlier than that. If he really did only catch it in December 2010 it certainly puts into a new light the difference between 2010 and late 2011 Froome, as 2010 Froome suddenly becomes the ride of a mostly healthy rider, which makes it more reliable to use as a baseline. In fact, suggesting that Froome only caught bilharzia in December 2010 would in fact be more of a case in favour of accusing him of doping, because it makes the transformation more, rather than less, ridiculous.Froome19 said:Thanks never knew
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..
Cortico TUE? Hmmm, that is interesting.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)....
I was dreamin' when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast...
He's spent the last three and a half years on a team with Dave Brailsford and Bradley "my story changes every three weeks" Wiggins. Both of whom, whether you like them or not, have delivered stories riddled with so many inconsistencies that it absolutely 100% guarantees that quite a lot of what they say is bull****.SeriousSam said:coughing is a symptom of many diseases. maybe he's allergic to bull****?
You're a sports coach. You have two prospective talents run the 100m. They both do identical times, but one has much better technique. Take drugs out of the equation - who's the stronger man? Probably the one with worse technique. You can coach him to use better technique and he'll beat the other guy.airstream said:what you mean by awful skills?
Froome right now has some pretty awkward technique. He TTs like a tarantula on a bike, and he's all arms and legs at odd angles. But he's strong enough that that doesn't matter, he can still beat those who are more efficient than him. I know you have at least some rudimentary knowledge of wintersports - think of a skier like Tora Berger, all jumping and snow splattered all over the place with high intensity and fast turnover, versus the much more elegant, refined technique of Darya Domracheva. Dasha uses far less energy than Tora, and goes faster. Froome is like if Tora just never ran out of energy and just kept charging past the Domrachevas of the world as if they were standing still.
Or, for a better comparison in the context of the Clinic - remember Johann Mühlegg tripping over his own feet before getting back up and skiing away from everybody by a minute in Salt Lake? That.
ToreBear said:Having read the wikipedia article:
I get the idea that it would take 4-8 weeks for the parasites to reach maturity and then reproduce. Hence it would take time before any symptoms occur.
Anyway he could have gotten it in South Africa too. So I don't see how him being good in that TTT is indicative of anything.
As for it's diagnosis, I have no idea how early after infection it can be detected. Might be long before symptoms are obvious.
As for why one would require a test. Uci demands health checks IIRC. Or maybe he had blood in his urine, or he felt more tired than he used to feel or.. or... etc.
More likely Kenya. Though South Africa is still more of a risk than most other places (besides Eritrea) with cycling heritage. Still, I'd wager that the South African incidence of the disease varies wildly from region to region.