- May 3, 2010
As others have said - it is not as if Armstrong was riding clean at Motorola.Dr. Maserati said:Yip.
Recovery is what its all about in a GT, LA could do really well in many types of events but was prone to off days.
Again agree - but as BPC corrected me on once, that would have been LA against a lot of riders who were on big programs.
So, if the EPO generation was 10 years later, perhaps he could have got top 10, but no way he would win.
Maybe he could have got a top 10 by being in some breaks but his climbing and ITT was not very good at that point.
He was almost an hour and half back on the winner, and 1h 15 on 10th place. Considering he moved up 3 spots on the basis of his stage 18 win, he was nearer 40th than 30th. He gained time as well by being in the break on stage 13 where he picked up 12 minutes. So he picked up 20 minutes by being a one day rider which he was at the time.
I find it a bit of a stretch to believe that the doping programs of 2/3 of the riders ahead of him was so much more advanced than the Motorola program to make such a difference.
The big programs - Festina, ONCE, Banesto, Gewiss, Mapei, but while the others were doping were they really that far ahead of Motorola? Were Motorola really the poor country cousin when it came to doping?