Aside from it being said DURING the broadcast of 2 stages of the Tour it was widely stated in the cycling media he was sick along with DQS confirming when asked on live TV that he was sick. By the way Alaphilippe HAS been in the leaders jersey in MANY stage races over the years and has NEVER been able to defend those. Thanks for showing YOU don't pay attention and showing you have no credibility.GuntherL said:"Sprinting is sprinting." Possibly the most epic outburst of stupidity on any cycling forum ever. Who do you think will sprint better after a 200 km stage at 45 km/h? The 'prepared' guy or the other one?Koronin said:GuntherL said:Some questions:Koronin said:He very well could have been on better stuff than the other Juniors (and some of the Juniors likely aren't on anything at all) and now he's on DQS's program which we know is near if not at the top and has been for at least 2-3 years now. Yes I think it's possible not all the Juniors are on anything as this goes back to the early 2000's and Spain where it was known that some of the Junior and amateur teams were not doping while other ones were.
- Why was he the only Belgian junior who excelled like this?
- If DQS's program is so good, why did Mas disappoint in the TdF? Why was Viviani outsprinted by Ewan? Why didn't Alaphilippe hang on to his lead? (his top ten position was only saved by the cancellation of cols in the Alps).
With Mas he was sick for a few stages of the Tour and nothing is going to save you when you get sick.
Sprinting is sprinting and there are multiple factors aside from doping that factor into winning any specific stage. The reason for Alaphilippe doping being fairly obvious is simply because he should NEVER have been able to hang onto the jersey for as long as he did in the first place. Without the doping he would have lost the yellow jersey long before he finally dropped. No matter the doping program it can only cover so much. Alaphilippe WITHOUT the doping should NOT have been in the top 5 by the end of the Pyrenees forget the Alps. We've seen time and again in 1 week stage races he always drops minutes on the first major mountain stage.
Mas: Where's your source that he was sick?
Alaphilippe: Speculation. He never had to defend a yellow jersey in the past. Putting your claims in upper case doesn't grant you any credibility.