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State of Peloton 2023

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Haussler being the 2nd Bahrain rider who has to retire because of heart related problems in less than one year sounds a bit concerning to me. Maybe it's just coincidence, but in such a short time span, on the same team that has been targeted by police raids? It does raise some eyebrows.
Regardless of how squeaky clean or dirty the sport is, those cardiac problems will always be present (in a very small %% of athletes) in an endurance sport that involves pushing the body to its absolute limits.
 
Regardless of how squeaky clean or dirty the sport is, those cardiac problems will always be present (in a very small %% of athletes) in an endurance sport that involves pushing the body to its absolute limits.
I agree, given the low impact on your joints and tendons compared to other endurance sports cycling is always more likely to push your cardiovascular system to it's limit before the rest of your body breaks down. It's just that twice in such a short time span on the same team is really a lot, even if it might be a coincidence.
 
Training harder, that's what I like to hear! Good honest sweat ... and ass busting. I'm not having any of that muck-raking journalism about thyroid medicine and the like. No more of that Festina talk now - we had the Tour of Renewal and things have only got faster, I mean, cleaner.
 
I feel like libel is a pretty huge thing here in the US and presumably other European countries, is it really stricter in the UK?
The threshold for these cases is actually pretty high as far as I know? Magnus Carlsen lost some game and accused his opponent of cheating in very blatant way, got sued for it, and now from what I read from lawyers the lawsuit itself doesn't have a chance in hell.
 
Climbing times on Asturiana and Izua are through the absolute roof.

Feels like a few riders in this peloton have taken another huge leap for mankind this year

Vingegaard now well above 7W/kg for <13min efforts. (2nd time this year i believe? where he previously didn't even get close to those numbers for short climbs)
He seems to be moving more and more to also equal Pog on the shorter climbs now. (if not faster according to the W/kg estimation of Izua) (according to LR, he is now in the company of Pantani, Contador, Piepoli, Indurain who crossed the Top25 all time performances)

We are at the point where we have 4 riders that can break the 7W/kg boundary on sub 15minute climbing efforts.
 
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The threshold for these cases is actually pretty high as far as I know? Magnus Carlsen lost some game and accused his opponent of cheating in very blatant way, got sued for it, and now from what I read from lawyers the lawsuit itself doesn't have a chance in hell.
That was also coming to mind bc he had to be extremely careful about it. He was practically crucified just for pulling out of a match before he even stated anything, then there was about a month long buildup to his actual accusation. They have statistical/AI analysis saying 99%+ chance Hans cheated on something like 100 games, I think that plays into the lawsuit. And it probably helps it’s not the other way around with Carlsen being the accused. But either way, a card that can always be pulled by a big rider or team, a deterrent at least.
 
it's truly crazy. one "fastest ever" race can be an anomaly, but not when it's all of the monuments in the same season lmao. all while there are climbers putting up near 2000 VAM's willy nilly. there's also a really clear distinction in the guys going fast and the ones without a hope, a true "peloton à deux vitesses" if we've ever seen one.
 
Yeah, it is getting too obvious that a new drug is on the menu again.

I'd be curious to know whether pro-cyclists are on sophisticated programs unseen in all pro-sports... or they're really just on a trickle-down-economics drug program of sorts which the likes of superstar tennis players & footballers have been on for years. I mean something is keeping the world's favorite mid 30 year old record tennis grand slam winners going, even when their bodies are breaking down with injuries!

The money in those aforementioned sports being much, much greater than in cycling would suggest cycling isn't exactly awash with the best access to the most trailblazing methods. And endurance is what it is in all sports, aka primordial - whether cycling for 5 hours or playing a 4 hour tennis match in a grand slam (or playing a football match).

IMO (& I'm maybe going out on a limb here) cycling might have merely caught-up with the good times enjoyed by every other major sport with #nevertired superstars loved & adored by billions around the world whilst they perform superhuman feats defying age & human capabilities.
 

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