I know it's probably a tough question, but.....
elapid said:Cadel and Cunego are two current riders that spring to mind. Both look human and seem to suffer like mere mortals in the mountains.
geeker said:I used to like Mancebo precisely because of the way he appeared to suffer in the mountains...
mr. tibbs said:Yeah. And add to this list of great sufferers that therefore couldn't possibly be doping: Bernard Kohl.
Remember at last year's Tour? dude was pulling himself inside out on the climbs, and he practically fell off his bike after Alpe d'Huez.
And he was dirty.
How about Eddy Merckx hour record holding up for nearly double that long? At most Eddy was on uppers, or perhaps a cortisone shot - micro-beneficial compared to blood boosters (like EPO) of the last 15 years. But even with Merckx, it was on an objective course (track). Greg had all the advantages previously noted: downhill, tailwind, short course, tangible goal within reach (winning the Tour), etc. Greg may put his foot in his mouth and behave like an *** every so often, but I'm convinced he was a clean rider.