This isn't Landis saying it about himself. Also, there's been a few others who have said that Floyd would have still been great in a clean peloton as well. We have no way of knowing for sure, but it looks like he would have been a Div 1 pro either way.Lol. What an stupid statement by Lim. That's just as bad as the Texan saying that he would have won the Tours if everyone was cleans!
It looks like it can be either, with the absolute best being a combination of both.I like your Tom Brady comparison but i don't think they him and Valverde are doing anything special in regards of doping.
One just has to ask the question whether they are just more talented or simply can be considered super responders.
How certain individuals responds to doping of the topics i'm paying more attention to ever since Froome exploded onto the scene.
I honestly hope it comes down mostly to natural talent still (level playing field) and not to who responds best to certain compounds.
I would not called it omerta. He simply won't talk, because he knows what was happening back then in the peloton. Everyone was using whatever they think they could get away with..., same as today. But sometimes things go wrong for them, just like when Operation Puerto broke up. Some big names were going down, like Ullrich and Basso. Spaniards protected their biggest stars, and Italians were furious. That's when the hunt for Valverde begin. They waited patiently for him to come to Italy, and he didn't know what was coming. They tried to defend him, his team and Spanish federation, but the consensus was made, he was going down eventually. He worked his ban, started racing again, continued where he left, and today he is where he is, a legend. With dodgy past, but nevertheless.Hey, I'd take it! Better phony contrition than the omerta. On second thought, maybe it's a wash...
Millar was perhaps the clumsiest doper ever. But what a rider, when his head was on straight he was pretty unbeatable. Can you imagine him on Sky (especially given his Brailsford links)?
I would not called it omerta. He simply won't talk, because he knows what was happening back then in the peloton.
No, that was not omerta, that was just common sense.
Yes, it sounds moralistic, and idealistic as well. That's just sports today, money is heavily involved. Or do you think that Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lebron James are not "on something"?Yes, I understand the pressures on him and others, and why, in a very selfish way, the best thing is to say nothing. It's not good for the sport but Valverde is not the first nor will be the last to take his position, just one of the most prominent. And the time for him to talk about what went on then in detail has long passed -- although I don't think the repercussions would be as bad as you might think.
But the idea that he has nothing to apologize for...that I don't buy. If you're a clean rider (and I do think there were plenty of them) who couldn't make the WT cut b/c you didn't want to dope, or were beaten by a doper, then you are owed an apology. As I said, I'm ok with a general statement of contrition -- he doesn't have to name names.
If that sounds moralistic, well, it is. I'm a journalist, and if another journalist is advancing in his career because he's making up sources or quotes, or plagiarizing, then I do in fact feel cheated, and that I'm owed an apology, and that person should be punished.
The sad thing is that I'd love to be able to cheer for Valverde, or Froome, or any rider for that matter, without qualification. So many great performances, but you're always wondering -- what is he on? who's his "team doctor." It's not healthy.
Yes, it sounds moralistic, and idealistic as well. That's just sports today, money is heavily involved. Or do you think that Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lebron James are not "on something"?
Yep, you're right, but those at the top at any job cut the corners and cheat more often than not, unfortunately...I am 100 percent convinced that those three, especially, are juiced.
You can either shrug your shoulders at corruption and cheating, or hope for better. I dunno -- we seem to give athletes a pass when we all know that if we cheat or cut corners in our own jobs we'd be out on the street in 10 seconds....
So begin (effective) doping early before you're in the spotlight in big races. If not, just accept you've missed your window and give up on a top end career?When I watch the big sports it’s mostly for entertainment and I love the games and the esthetic. I’m not watching because I think I’m watching clean athletes push the limits of human potential, that I cannot believe.
What I want to see is champions who kind of seems plausible even if they’re not, and there Valverde is one of my favorites. It doesn’t really matter that he’s got a ban, it doesn’t really matter that I’m confident he’s still doping. When he rides his bike he looks exactly how a champion should look. It was the same with Contador, he was probably doping his whole career, but the way he looked racing is exactly how I imagine great champions to look. And you have Sagan, Nibali, Alaphilippe etc which is the same. And now we have this generation of super kids Bernal, Pogacar, Van der Poel and Evenepoel. It doesn’t really matter if I believe they are doping or not, they look how you should expect champions to look like. Panache, elegance, confident, they don’t really know their limits and they’ve shown great potential from a young age. That’s what it takes to make magic moments on the screen, and that’s what makes me watching cycling weeks out weeks in.
What doesn’t fit my view of the sport is great transformations. Transformations like Wiggins I can almost deal with, at least he was a good athlete before he suddenly turned to be a TdF winner, but a guy like Froome, the proto type of Donkey to Race horse is too much for me. It’s not that I feel he’s cheating the others (cause the guy in second is probably also doping), it’s more that it feels like an intellectual insult. It doesn’t look right in any ways.
Valverde, he look right.