...I suspect he might have had a little "help" in the out-of-control drug infested 90's (Exhibit #1: The Festina scandal) . How could he have competed fairly to win five in a row?
Basso acted meek and humble, and he was a cheat. When Simoni commented that Basso's 10 min+ win in the '06 Giro was "extraterrestial", now we know why.
What does this have to do with Indurain? I'm just saying that Big Mig was quiet, shy just like Ivan B. and retired into absolute obsurity. I'm hoping that his awesome big engine was why he dominated those TDF and never lost a time trial in his 5 wins, but can anybody know for sure?
Drug testing is 10x more stringent now than 15 years ago, and guys are still stupid enough to dare to cheat. Greg Lemond noticed that guys he used to flatten were dropping him like they were on mopeds in the early 90's.
I dunno...I'm so disappointed in the whole sport. I just ride to stay in shape these days....