Most memorable doped performance? 2010-2020

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I don't know if he would have won, but he would have been clearly ahead of Valverde.

Foloforov was always a specialist for MTTs, so looking at his u23 results it looked like it was just the first win of a big talent. Looking back at it now it clearly looks shady because he never did anything after that race.
1 year earlier he put over 1min into everyone else in the MTT in the GP of Sochi (1:28 into Firsanov).
In 2014 he finished 4th on gc in the Tour de l'Avenir and 6th in the Ronde de l'Isard (he won 2 stages, the points and the KoM classification) and finished 5th in the short ITT with an uphill finish in Coppi e Bartali.
In 2013 he finished 5th on the gc in the Giro della Valle d'Aosta.
As a first year u23 rider he finished 5th in the final MTT of the Giro della Valle d'Aosta.
Wasn't it even Tiesj Benoot who came up for him on Twitter, calling him a true talent he had battled with numerous times in the youth ranks?

It was a Belgium rider I think m
 
Benoot is 2 years younger than Foliforov, I doubt that they had many (any?) battles as U23. Wellens would be much more likely.

And even if they did, the age difference alone is enough to question the extent of the talent, as 2 years is a huge difference at U23.
 
My impression about Foliforov was that he just looked so well suited physically for going fast uphill and that stage win was just the beginning. Sad he somehow lost interest or whatever happened.
 
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dan martin stepped up to the mark in the giro.... never looked like winning anything...as soon
as pace was lifted on final climbs he was distanced

then after rest day he rode everyone of his wheel....sean kelly on ES..'I fear dan is doing too much
work driving the break'....indeed after fast start to stage 18 dan was the one most at the front

but still had strength to leave everyone else trailing.... 'n stay ahead of the skyborgs (which gets
a word in the ineos thread)...and riders chasing who had been sheltered all day

it was like the 'good ol days'

Mark L
 
Rest day reinventions are ten-a-penny though. I mean, in that case we should point to Sagan's post-rest day stage win last year, struggling to assert himself in the sprints and not having the legs all through week 1, and then dropping everybody and holding off the bunch solo the first day after the rest day, but everybody just kinda shrugged and moved on. It's certainly an eye-opening improvement pre- and post-rest day, but it really doesn't have anything on outliers like Gabrovski and Najár, or complete rider reinventions like Alarcón or Geraint Thomas, when it comes to this thread, for my money.
 
Martin was s.t. as the best from the bunch on San Giacomo and 44 seconds slower than Bernal on the Zoncolan (6th out of the favorites).

The only mountain stage where he suffered hugely was the Cortina one which took place in conditions that he seems to also historically suffer in.

This was one of the best climbers in the race racing against Castroviejo for over half of the final climb.
 
Martin was s.t. as the best from the bunch on San Giacomo and 44 seconds slower than Bernal on the Zoncolan (6th out of the favorites).

The only mountain stage where he suffered hugely was the Cortina one which took place in conditions that he seems to also historically suffer in.

This was one of the best climbers in the race racing against Castroviejo for over half of the final climb.
I agree. The most suspicious performance was precisely Castroviejo dropping Carthy, Vlasov and Bardet, not Martin.
 
Victor de la Parte climbing the Kitzbüheler Horn faster than Ricco on a much harder stage (Gailbergsatter and the Glockner early on) and putting over 1min into everyone else (good climbers like Ben Hermans and Hirt, who had been 7th on the Rettenbachferner in the Tour de Suisse just a few weeks earlier), while riding for Team Vorarlberg.
One year earlier he had raced for Efapel and got a top 10 on gc in the Volta a Portugal.
He did well when he was riding for CCC and Movistar afterwards, but he was never again climbing that well.
Reminds me a bit of Zoidl, who seems to find some extra watts when he rides for a CT team and doesn't have to deal with the bio-passport...
 
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Contador in the two Paris Nices he came second where he powered away and only just lost enough time being chased by a group on the flat final kms to not come first overall.

His Tirreno 2014 long range attack as well was great. He was absolutely flying in 2014.

Any ballistic one day races performances any one thinks?

Gilbert triple maybe?
 
Contador in the two Paris Nices he came second where he powered away and only just lost enough time being chased by a group on the flat final kms to not come first overall.

His Tirreno 2014 long range attack as well was great. He was absolutely flying in 2014.

Any ballistic one day races performances any one thinks?

Gilbert triple maybe?
Cancellara e3 harelbeke 2011

Gilbert Flanders 2017 and Roubaix 2019

Fuglsang Liege 2019

Iglinsky Liege 2012

Valverde Liege 2017

Loulou fleche wallone 2021
 
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There's nothing especially weird about Ala's FWs, other than his general extremely high level (in this race). It's his specialty, always has been, I think.

Fuglsang Liège I don't find suspicious per se, it was to expect after that spring, and it's a good race for him. What's weird about Fuglsang was his general step up that whole spring, especially his FW.
 
well, apart from what has already been mentioned, gotta say Aru's ITT. Don't quite sure when or where, but perhaps in the Vuelta or Giro.
The only thing I remember is him doing a world-class performance out of nowhere
 
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well, apart from what has already been mentioned, gotta say Aru's ITT. Don't quite sure when or where, but perhaps in the Vuelta or Giro.
The only thing I remember is him doing a world-class performance out of nowhere
That's possibly in the 2018 Giro. He rode such an unbelievable ITT that the likes of Tony Martin were visibly shaking their heads as he crossed the line.

Turns out that he'd been pacing behind a motorbike and was subsequently docked time.
 
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