- Aug 13, 2009
Bavarianrider said:Look at Riis in 1997/1998. Top 10 rdier not more. Once his 60%benefit was gone he was nowhere near a Tour winner.
Ullrich on the other hand
Riis was not on the Telekom Program in 1996. He managed his own, including transfusions. He took his Hct to 64% when the Telekom doctors would not allow over 54%.
Better thing to look at is how Jan would get dropped at training camp then shocked everyone. He was always a good TT rider but suddenly he climbed like a god. It was even more extreme in 1997. There is nothing in Jan early career that would indicate what happen on the Arcalis was possible. Nothing. It was one of the more disturbing displays in the sports history