I don't understand substantially increased top end/sprint speed TOGETHER with increased threshold power on flats AND on hills in one season for a top pro. Contradictory.
not at all.
You have never followed HH's career.
Was a jnr tt champ of Germany, said he was not sure where his career would take him, would he be a classement rider, or a one-day rider, or a field sprinter.
He won a stage of the Vuelta in 2005, when stupid Spaniards had not direction from the team cars, because it was 4 or 3 mean in the move, and the others were Spaniards. No intelligence from the team cars on HH and his speed. They rode him to the finish. And he won the sprint.
In 2007 he blew the doors off Boonen in a field sprint in Dauphine. Showed he had the speed. Graeme Brown gave him a great leadout however.
This year, at Paris Nice, on the slight uphill field sprint, he blew the doors off everyone.
I thought he passed Boonen, and Bennati in speed this year. And the only one who rivals Cavendish was Chicchi, and perhaps Petacchi at his absolute doped best. I think Haussler's speed, is far and a way superior to Hushovd, and only Cav is faster. He is with Chicchi and Petacchi.
Haussler always had that speed.
And the strength, see the classics in 2006, quite a debut by a 21 yo.
Just comes from pure ignorance about a rider.
On the doped front. No different. The reason Valverde and Cunego can unleash powerful sprints, is cos they are mega charged. Just like Cav can sprint for 300 metres, like Cipo could at his best, when Cav would have been dropped like a hot rock if he was clean. Doping just lifts all levels a few tiers.
HH is not surprising for me. Great rider. But not clean, the same as the other guys.