Question Tadej Pogacar and Mauro Giannetti

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It is because the Dawg is African.

A not exhaustive peruse of this section will make anyone realize that as a minimum riders of the following nations have been under suspicions if not outright accusations : England,Ireland, Portugal,Spain,Luxembourg,Belgium, Netherlands,Denmark,Norway,Kazakhstan,Russia,Slovakia,Slovenia, Germany,USA,Australia,Colombia,Argentina and I think I am way short.

The number of pages a rider gets here depend on 2 factors . 1) How successful the rider has been recently. 2) How outrageous their "transformation" has been when compared to their previous performances. Sometimes 1 and 2 are present at the same time and those are the most popular topics. It 's not surprise that people like Froome will get a way bigger thread than Quintana. This is not a geopolitical Machiavellian calculation.
It also depends on wheter the majority accepts the rider in question is doping or not. For some it would be ”anglophobia” to not accept Froome and whatever british that turned a leg around some pedals suddenly turning up as the best riders ever.

For some it was ”anti-english” or ”racism” not cheering on England in the euros.
 
It also depends on wheter the majority accepts the rider in question is doping or not. For some it would be ”anglophobia” to not accept Froome and whatever british that turned a leg around some pedals suddenly turning up as the best riders ever.

For some it was ”anti-english” or ”racism” not cheering on England in the euros.
Froome is more kenyan than british. Wiggins is the typical british.
 
It means that its the belief that his idol/compatriot or whatever would still have been the real deal had he not be a pharmacy on wheels. Its the same excuses, just a different rider.

Now watch the complaints start about this being a eastern vs western thing as if Froome didnt have critics.
I know where this was heading, just thought I would ask a bit more provocatively.

Actually thats funny since the critic against Froome for some was also anti-UK bias in here. I guess whatever fits your own story.
 
Forum was just more active during the sky years. Probably one of the reasons why the froome/skyneos threads were more active.

What is the r-word?
There are also hundreds of pages of posts on salbutamol, asthma, cash recovery and UK government inquests on the Froome thread. He's just had more opportunities for comments where Pogacar has only some loose personal connections. If Pogacar misses a few OOCs and blames his dog etc then things will heat up.
 
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As they say " the hits keeps on getting better" during LA's years it was "angry jealous europeans"/bitter people..sky years it was anti british now it seems we have moved on to anti europeans. FWIW sky have alot of defenders and doubters. Pog's defenders level are below sky defenders.
 
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There are A LOT of differences between Froome/Sky/Ineos and Pogacar/UAE.

Pogacar was a prominent U23 rider with tons of results including a win in Avenir. On the other hand, Sky was scrambling to find something to justify Froome's sudden rise, including random anecdotes from that commonwealth games TT, and Anatomic Jock Race (name?). Another main component is the lack of absurd train riding from UAE. Finally, Pogacar has far fewer defenders here based on my observation than the legions of Sky/Ineos defenders.

There are probably more differences, but these are the biggest ones that I can mention from top of my head.
 
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There are A LOT of differences between Froome/Sky/Ineos and Pogacar/UAE.

Pogacar was a prominent U23 rider with tons of results including a win in Avenir. On the other hand, Sky was scrambling to find something to justify Froome's sudden rise, including random anecdotes from that commonwealth games TT, and Anatomic Jock Race (name?). Another main component is the lack of absurd train riding from UAE. Finally, Pogacar has far fewer defenders here based on my observation than the legions of Sky/Ineos defenders.

There are probably more differences, but these are the biggest ones that I can mention from top of my head.
Prominent yes, the top of the line... not really. His most noticeable win is indeed the Tour de l’Avenir where he didn't win any stage though.. He has 2 other GC wins, but wasn't dominating at all. His jump to the pro and the performance improvement that went with it are absolutely ridiculous.
I do agree with the Sky statement though.

Tadej Pogacar 2018 Results (u23)
GP Laguna Porec – 5th
Trofej Porec – 4th
Istrian Spring Trophy – Stage 2 – 2nd
Istrian Spring Trophy – Final GC – 3rd
Gran Premio Palio del Recioto – 2nd
Ronde van Vlaanderen Belofte – 15th
Tour of Croatia – Stage 5 – 5th
Tour of Crotia – Final GC – 13th
Grand Prix Priessnitz spa – Stage 2 – 5th
Grand Prix Priessnitz spa – Stage 3 – 1st
Grand Prix Priessnitz spa – Final GC – 1st

National Championships Slovenia ITT – 2nd
Tour of Slovenia – Stage 4 – 4th
Tour of Slovenia – Final GC – 4th
Tour of Slovenia – Youth Classification – 1st
National Championships Slovenia Road Race – 6th
Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 7 – 3rd
Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 8 – 5th
Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 9 – 3rd
Tour de l’Avenir – Final GC – 1st
Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Stage 2 – 2nd
Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Final GC – 1st
World Championship U23 Road Race – 7th
Japan Cup Cycle Road Race – 11th
 
Prominent yes, the top of the line... not really. His most noticeable win is indeed the Tour de l’Avenir where he didn't win any stage though.. He has 2 other GC wins, but wasn't dominating at all. His jump to the pro and the performance improvement that went with it are absolutely ridiculous.
I do agree with the Sky statement though.
His jump in ability after moving to a team with massive dopers at the helm is extremely hard to ignore. We are not talking about people who dabbled, we are talking f*** hardcore. Sh!t like that just doesn't disappear, just ask Ricco or di Luca
 
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Prominent yes, the top of the line... not really. His most noticeable win is indeed the Tour de l’Avenir where he didn't win any stage though.. He has 2 other GC wins, but wasn't dominating at all. His jump to the pro and the performance improvement that went with it are absolutely ridiculous.
I do agree with the Sky statement though.
He became better after he signed for UAE. Check his results. It's even more noticeable in Ayuso's case. Really good before he signed with UAE. Nearly unbeatable after he signed.
Compare his results at Coppi e Bartali to his Giro results this year.
 
He became better after he signed for UAE. Check his results. It's even more noticeable in Ayuso's case. Really good before he signed with UAE. Nearly unbeatable after he signed.
Compare his results at Coppi e Bartali to his Giro results this year.
Ayuso already signed with UAE more than a year before the Giro, and he didn't get many chances to prove his talent outaide of Spain last year because of the pandemic. He also wasn't that bad at Coppi e Bartali, but he was clearly building up to the Giro, where he didn't face any established pro riders like he did in CeB.
 
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Prominent yes, the top of the line... not really. His most noticeable win is indeed the Tour de l’Avenir where he didn't win any stage though.. He has 2 other GC wins, but wasn't dominating at all. His jump to the pro and the performance improvement that went with it are absolutely ridiculous.
I do agree with the Sky statement though.
He was 19 then, not just "under 23", more like "first year out of juniors".
 
He was 19 then, not just "under 23", more like "first year out of juniors".
He was in U23 the year before as well. (His age doesn't really matter since the year after it he broke the peleton... and the difference between a good U23 (not the best) to dominant in the pro is huge.)


Tadej Pogacar 2017 Results (u23)
Istrian Spring Trophy – Stage 2 – 3rd
Istrian Spring Trophy – Final GC – 4th
Carpathian Couriers Race U23 – Final GC – 5th
National Championship Slovenia ITT U23 – 3rd
National Championship Slovenia ITT – 5th
Tour of Slovenia – Stage 3 – 5th
Tour of Slovenia – Final GC – 5th
Tour of Slovenia – Youth Classification – 1st
Tour of Hungary – Stage 4 – 2nd
Tour of Hungary – Final GC – 3rd
Gran Premio Capodarco – 9th
Croatia-Slovenia – 9th
International Raiffeissen GP Judendorf – 2nd
Piccolo Giro di Lombardia – 7th

Tadej Pogacar 2016 Results (u19/junior)
La Piccola SanRemo – 7th
Course de la Paix Juniors – Stage 2b – 1st
Tour du Pays de Vaud – Stage 2a – 4th
Tour de Pays de Vaud – Final GC – 6th
National Championships Slovenia ITT (U19) – 1st
Montichiari – Roncone – 3rd
Trofeo Emilio Paganessi – 7th
Giro della Lunigiana – Stage 1 – 2nd
Giro della Lunigiana – Stage 2 – 3rd
Giro della Lunigiana – Stage 3 – 1st
Giro della Lunigiana – Final GC – 1st

European Championships Road Race – 3rd
 
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Ayuso already signed with UAE more than a year before the Giro, and he didn't get many chances to prove his talent outaide of Spain last year because of the pandemic. He also wasn't that bad at Coppi e Bartali, but he was clearly building up to the Giro, where he didn't face any established pro riders like he did in CeB.
Fair enough. I made a mistake here.
Thanks for correcting.
 
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I think we saw the boy become a man this TdF after some tricky questions and a bit of booing. Week 1, he was smoking the field by minutes and not looking fatigued. Week 2, he couldn't really shake off the riders (including a domestique) that he was putting to the sword the previous week, but still not looking fatigued. Week 3 he couldn't really shake off the riders he was slaughtering in week 1 and added in slumping to the ground and looking tired.

I've no axe to grind and find his decent performance as a youth compelling, but the above combination is like an extreme version of what Froome would do and is almost impossible for ne to make sense of from a physiological/sporting standpoint. And the day he looked tired he rode the last kms in the mist, which undermines the theory about not liking heat.
 
Its 2005 and Great Britain cycling was behind the likes of Brazil or Czech republic in the UCI rankings. Fast forward 10 years and they got 3 Tours with 2 different riders and a british team dominating the World Tour. But yeah people were suspicious cause racism. Against Brits. LOL
British isn't a race lol! The point was the quantity of clinic page discussion correlates to British nationality of the rider & team. Does Bernal in the team have a suspicion? He wins like Froome & Wiggins, yet will never see much posted about him. What are we implying then? Ineos dopes British riders to win for their sponsor, but not non-British? That's just nuts! They signed Bernal with Froome & Thomas at the height of their powers and he has leapfrogged them, but because he's not a track rider and won races as a junior he doesn't dope? Pinot, Contador, Armstrong, Valverde, Pantani all won prolifically at young ages, it doesn't mean anything in terms of performance as a senior and doping.
All I'm saying, is if discussion here in the clinic actually related to 'doping' the bias and quantity of posts would correlate to teams and riders proved to be doping and involved in doping-related stories such as Aderlass or the recent raid on Bahrain. Can you imagine if Sky had been raided and Froome did an omerta zip lips across the line. The clinic here would have gone into joyous meltdown as it does for anything Froome or Sky.
 
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British isn't a race lol! The point was the quantity of clinic page discussion correlates to British nationality of the rider & team. Does Bernal in the team have a suspicion? He wins like Froome & Wiggins, yet will never see much posted about him. What are we implying then? Ineos dopes British riders to win for their sponsor, but not non-British? That's just nuts! They signed Bernal with Froome & Thomas at the height of their powers and he has leapfrogged them, but because he's not a track rider and won races as a junior he doesn't dope? Pinot, Contador, Armstrong, Valverde, Pantani all won prolifically at young ages, it doesn't mean anything in terms of performance as a senior and doping.
All I'm saying, is if discussion here in the clinic actually related to 'doping' the bias and quantity of posts would correlate to teams and riders proved to be doping and involved in doping-related stories such as Aderlass or the recent raid on Bahrain. Can you imagine if Sky had been raided and Froome did an omerta zip lips across the line. The clinic here would have gone into joyous meltdown as it does for anything Froome or Sky.
It is not that Bernal does not dope (more probably than not he does), but let's compare him to Froome:

- Bernal: He was born and has practiced cycling (road and MB) all his life at 2500m~3000m of altitude in a country that is obsessed with the sport, winning good races since he was 19-20, won the Tour against a very diminished field, failed next year. Won the Giro with the best team against Caruso and Yates. He is strong in high mountains and has a great handle of the bike, pretty much what you'd expect from him. He has a mediocre/okayish TT and has shown weakness many many times.

- Froome. An absolutely nobody until 25 , then he suddenly becomes the world's strongest cyclist by a gigantic distance with a total-dominance style not seen since Armstrong.

I mean.
 
It irritates me that the Italian media refuse to mention Gianetti's and Matxim's past, while everyone else mentions it.
Probably because the team used to be Italian under Saronni and there still is a strong connection to Italy. Compare that to all the doubts and speculations about Roglic that they have published over the years, clearly double standarts.
Bahrain also gets defended a lot because of the many Italian riders and staff members, guys like Beppe Conti having harsh words only for the French police after those raids was almost comical.
 
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