Dr. Wattini said:
experience and confidence are the keys.
It is not all about genetics. Tommy D, number wise, was in the same physiological level than LA. Why he cannot win? It is because he does not have it mentally.
To win you need to have the experience of winning. You need to know what to do in certain situations.
A FREAKY responder to drug therapy actually
can transform from a mule to a thoroughbred.
Overall G.C. riding for Grand Tours and climbing stage races is actually pretty simple. You have to start with a big ego, good talent; and yes big blood refills. Ride away on final climbs/ TTs and have the team drag you around everywhere else... 80% of the time the rider with the highest FTP/Kilo (all out 1-hour wattage divided by bodyweight in kilograms) will end up winning. If not a heavier more powerful rider was able to generate more watts in a long flat TT and pull back time on a rider with the higher watts/kilo.
By the way Ullrich and Lance had virtually the same FTP/Kilo with Lance having slightly more total power output using the basic law...
Yes, Undoped Lance and Tom Danielson probably have about similar if TD is not slightly more talented
... You see not everybody responds the same to drug therapy and Danielson didnt have Dr. Ferrari which makes a HUGE f-ing difference. He almost got to work with Ferrari though. Lance!
It takes a BIG EGO and determination to win the Tour, you need to be aggressive like Lance and get hooked up with the best programs; its really important to maximize everything because it all adds up. Lance made the most of his talent (which would make the average pro a donkey carrying bottles and maybe a lucky stage win.)
I'd bet the house if everybody was totally clean and doping did not exist, Lance would never have been top 50 places... Neither would Danielson if his Vo2 max was under 85.
An 82 V02 max is good but its not top 50 in talent overall in Grand Tour mountain climbs. You can win some races, get into breaks, etc but you wont win a one day classic and you wont get top fourth of the field overall in a Grand Tour. This is with everybody clean. When modern day doping is added things become massively distorted, Unrecognizable!