I'm not sure. I think Evenepoel in the multi mountain stages at this point is the big question mark, but to me it seems there's currently a few teams way ahead in the arms race.Regardless of Evenepoel being clean or not I'm kinda wondering if his otherworldly performances will have an effect on the cleanliness of the rest of the peloton. I mean, how many of the top guys will be content with racing for 2nd place?
At the very least it's not another Ineos donkey-to-racehorse transformation. But what I don't understand is how in a sport where the unbelievable generally turns out to be unbelievable in hindsight the biggest outlier in decades is somehow assumed to be beyond doubt.If this lad had a INEOS kit on, there would be so many more than 14 pages in this thread.
What do the results of Remco's physiological tests tell us? Here’s an article that lists Remco’s V02 max at 85-87, his HT at 47-48, and his 10-20 minute power at 6.5-6.7 W/kg.To be consistently so good, over different kind of terrains, should be ringing some alarm bells.
Yes, my point was just that blood doping would less likely be the reason. Salbutamol actually might help in this case, for the initial escape. Blood doping would help a rider stay away.How often does one see a head of state to just solo away from the field from 50k or so? Not very often.
Yes, you need both to kick away from the bunch and then sustain the effort. The kick will mostly utilise the glycolytic and pcr systems and sustaining the effort is then predominantly aerobic. Not sure I got you - do you mean that salbutamol would help the kick via being slighlty anabolic, or some other way?Yes, my point was just that blood doping would less likely be the reason. Salbutamol actually might help in this case, for the initial escape. Blood doping would help a rider stay away.
From a link fmk posted recently on the salbutamol thread:do you mean that salbutamol would help the kick via being slighlty anabolic, or some other way?
Anaerobic performance, which is what you need initially when you escape.Our study shows that non-asthmatic subjects can improve sprint and strength performance by using β2-agonists.
I think that's the entire point. No one is bashing Sky/Indeos because they're Sky/Ineos or as I've so often read on these pages, because they're "British".Bernal wasn't donkey (or solid classics/track rider) to race horse like all the other Sky riders.
Pinot is pretty explosive, whereas Remco can't sprint to save his life. However, it seems very obvious to me that his CdA is much lower than Pinot's, based on their heights alone.But then what separates him from Pinot? Right now, I'd say it's that, first, he's more explosive.
It's surprising to me that their listed weights are so close when Pinot is 4" taller. We have no way of verifying Remco's weight, but I suspect it's lower than listed.about the same weight, maybe Pinot is slightly heavier
Although your conclusion is correct, I have to pick a nit here: power doesn't increase with mass. If it did, climbing wouldn't favor smaller (shorter) riders. Power clearly increases sublinearly with mass. And it's not as simple as "taller means better at time trialing", because most of the recent TT world champs are about 6' tall or just over. Even though it's easy to find humans who are substantially taller than that, none of them are very good at TTs.This is the key to why larger riders are generally better TTers than climbers--power increases with mass, or the cube of body height, whereas surface area increases only with the square.