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Who will get busted at le tour?

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Footon boys have run a secret top-notch program (they faked the whole season..) just taking it a tiny step too far, thus getting busted on the 9th stage.

Appart from that, just the usual L'equipe fireworks, shooting out with blazing speed from the drama-firecracker-ramp.
 
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I'm going out on a limb and suggest that maybe Astana will have a positive after which the whole team will be thrown out of the Tour to clear the way for someone else to win (this decision is being helped along by a generous donation to the UCI and ASO). :D
 
movingtarget said:
Is that the most interesting question someone can ask before one of the best sporting events of the year ? A bit like asking who will crash out of the race before the end of the first week ? Strange.

I don't think there was a thread asking this specific question for the Giro - I guess that's what happens when the race is exciting.
 
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I don't think anyone will. One of the reasons I believe is that it will be one of the cleanest Tours in years. Not completely clean. But I do believe that because of the scrutiny brought on by Landis' revelations, many riders are running scared. So regardless of what you think of Landis, you should all thank him.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
If anyone gets busted at the Tour... well, if AFLD and WADA are going ballistic on the testing, we have Rubén fricking Plaza at the race. Apart from Ángel Vicioso, I can't name anybody more suspicious who doesn't have a single thing against their name (how?).

LMFAO! That one is pretty funny. I forgot about Plaza. How many times has his name been on one list or another?

Ferminal said:
I don't think there was a thread asking this specific question for the Giro - I guess that's what happens when the race is exciting.

Another case of LMFAO! Hopefully this year will be be somewhat exciting, but yes, le Tour can be a pretty big let down.

Cobblestones said:
I'm going out on a limb and suggest that maybe Astana will have a positive after which the whole team will be thrown out of the Tour to clear the way for someone else to win (this decision is being helped along by a generous donation to the UCI and ASO). :D

Funny thing is, my answer to the OP would have been:

It is most probable that no one will test positive. Have you not heard, cycling is clean, but you will never convince the sceptics :D. Of course, there is a very small chance someone might get popped, someone who will make it easier for a swansong ending, someone who is a rival to a good donor, someone who rides with a 'dirty' team ... sound familiar? :p
 
Thoughtforfood said:
I don't think anyone will. One of the reasons I believe is that it will be one of the cleanest Tours in years. Not completely clean. But I do believe that because of the scrutiny brought on by Landis' revelations, many riders are running scared. So regardless of what you think of Landis, you should all thank him.

Agreed. And if your reasoning pans out, it might be one of the most interesting Tours in many years.
 
Thoughtforfood said:
I don't think anyone will. One of the reasons I believe is that it will be one of the cleanest Tours in years. Not completely clean. But I do believe that because of the scrutiny brought on by Landis' revelations, many riders are running scared. So regardless of what you think of Landis, you should all thank him.

For many riders this may be true; but 1999 showed us that others, like Armstrong, will see the trepidation of others as an opportunity.
 

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For many riders this may be true; but 1999 showed us that others, like Armstrong, will see the trepidation of others as an opportunity.

Oh, you're exactly right. This clown woud be lucky to crack the top 100 if he was not on a full program while rational people have scaled back.

Remember what a MLB player said about Mike Piazza.

Q. On a 1-10 scale, what's the chance Piazza is on steroids?

A. MLB player: "12 or 13."

Piazza's performance was also known as, "power from nowhere."
 
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BroDeal said:
For many riders this may be true; but 1999 showed us that others, like Armstrong, will see the trepidation of others as an opportunity.

Bingo. We can only hope that powers above cycling can catch those opportunists..
 
We will see less doping, and likely clean riders. But anyone remember how just after Operation Puerto broke, and all the cheats had been thrown out? Then we had a "clean" Tour, with Landis, Rasmussen, Valverde, Sinkewitz, Kloden, Menchov, etc.

I'm afraid we'll have more riders than you might think who have been on programs and topped off somewhere safe just before leaving for Rotterdam. And others willing to take a risk for a second fill-up somewhere in the Pyranees. Or more than that.

The UCI won't do much of anything more than what they've done in the past to stop doping (highly ineffective), the AFLD has better intentions, but not more resources, and the police can't search everywhere all the time.
 
Ripper said:
LMFAO! That one is pretty funny. I forgot about Plaza. How many times has his name been on one list or another?

Enough to see him bumped down a level at least once, and to find him racing for Portuguese continental teams.

Enough to see him only ever appear in one Grand Tour (this will be his second) despite coming top 5 and winning a stage in that one appearance.

Enough that when those three Liberty Seguros riders were busted last September, the first response on this forum was "wow! No Plaza!"
 
Thoughtforfood said:
I don't think anyone will. One of the reasons I believe is that it will be one of the cleanest Tours in years. Not completely clean. But I do believe that because of the scrutiny brought on by Landis' revelations, many riders are running scared. So regardless of what you think of Landis, you should all thank him.

I don't think so. A top rider has so much to lose if they drop a transfusion. Would Alberto think "ok maybe everyone is clean and I'm a bit scared so I'll take in less blood", that is a huge risk - if he's wrong then he loses.
 

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