Did anyone listen to the post race wrap up on Universal Sports? After Quintana's "surprising" win, those two dirtbag announcers basically said Quintana had to be doping. They went on and on about how shocking the result was, and that "in this era" one has to "assume" something is being used. WTF?! Who the hell are these turds to call out riders out of the blue as dopers? Just because it didn't go the way they had scripted in their tiny pea brains, they must assume he must be doping? These are early season races, where it is generally wide open, as most of the "name" riders are still coming on form, rather than peaking. So no result should be shocking. Quintana has already shown to be in great climbing form, and he did very well on a HILLY TT, and still lost to Tony Martin. No one said a word when Wiggins beats the entire field of the TdF last year by over 2 minutes on a TT course, but Quintana LOSES a TT, but beats the other GC guys, and he is probably doping? Universal Sports should be ashamed...
On Wednesday, Betancur echoed a growing sentiment for why Colombian riders are suddenly doing well again in the peloton. One rationale for the recent Colombian boom is that the abuse of the blood-booster EPO has been greatly reduced in the peloton. With less EPO, the natural benefits of living 10,000 feet above sea level are once again becoming an advantage.
“With so many anti-doping controls and the biological passport, it’s helping us because we live and train at altitude,” he said. “So when we come down, it’s a bit of an advantage for us.”
That’s not to say Colombians were not on the fast gas back in the EPO era, but it means that as the average hematocrit level drops, the higher hematocrit that typically comes with living and training at high altitude gives them the same edge as the first wave of Colombians in the 1980s, years before EPO became rampant in the peloton.
Betancur said he’s not losing sleep over what happened in the past and is focused on making a name for himself now.