Concerning the differences in times on a course like L'Alp D'Huez...
Keep in mind that also the way the race is panning out can have a big influence on the end times for a particular stage. For example, how many attacks are occurring? Is the stage in a part of the race where a lot of race leaders are pushing hard or not? I can imagine that being a big factor in end times.
Not to mention the entire stage before the climb... is the climb occurring after 100 miles of riding? Were the leaders pushing out front that whole time or getting rest? Is it in the middle of the stage? All huge factors.
As for testing turning the corner on doping....nah...the dopers are just back ahead of the curve again...the testers will catch up soon enough to the latest and greatest and then their will be another whirlwind of positives.
I for the record could care less. Just ride fast and entertain me.
1999 GT Xizang Ti
"i recieved an infraction"
now whether cyclist are on steroids or not, you dont think that nutrition, lighther parts, better components, better compounds, and a natural progression in human beings is not a factor? that would just be ignorance.
Just because there is a test for something doesn't mean a rider can't take that drug and beat the test. They have margins of error, especially with things like EPO (to prevent the supposedly common "false positive"). All they have to do is keep the dose low enough. Lab technicians have even been paid by dopers to find out how high of a dose they can get away with.