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Old 07-07-13, 08:09 AM   #1
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Entering a new era of pro cycling

So goes the saying. But sadly, it's going to be a new era of cheating. To me, it's clear Sky/Porte/Froome are "flaming positive", but even on the 1% chance they are clean, it's clear the other riders and teams are WAY behind Sky, whatever they are doing. It's pretty clear to me as Chris Froome ascends to be the next LA, most of the other GC contenders and teams will be trying to find their own "methods" in an attempt to at least make the race a race. These guys can't continue to take 2-3 minute beatings on "easy" mountain stages without something to give them a boost. Otherwise they will continue to be a laughing stock to Sky and the three best stage racers in the game (so it seems).

Races like the 2011 Tour and 2012 Giro with winners who actually looked like humans and could suffer are a thing of the past, I'm afraid. It's a new era alright.
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Old 07-07-13, 10:23 AM   #2
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What a load of crap. Anyone who performs well is now positively doping? What a sad world you live in. Anyone better than the competition in your mind is automatically a cheater? Wow.
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If guys are going to put up numbers as good or better than an era where it was acknowledged one couldn't compete clean you'll have that.
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Its not a matter of one stand-out rider. Any rider can have a good day, and most guys who have made it to the pros have some skill or other that leads to a stage or two playing to their skills.

Its about a whole team of guys who seem to be riding a different race from the rest, a whole team destroying the field. That's what Armstrong and his team did back in the day, when their doping tech was a step ahead of the rest. I wish I could believe that they just "work harder", as their coach said in interview after stage 8. That's what Armstrong said too.

...so, sad to say, to me the tour is looking more like the same-old than something new. Maybe I'm just a skeptic, and I'd be happy to be wrong, but a whole team of super-men is less likely than that Sky has some legal or illegal doping program going.

...on edit, I'm just watching the 9th stage now, and its a different story today. Long race, and I hope I can cheer the winners by the end.

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I'm not going to pretend that I don't have doubts about Sky, because I do. However, to play devil's advocate, does the fact that Porte had a great day on Saturday and blew up on Sunday reassure any one at least a little bit? To me, that seems more like a potentially clean rider who got overly ambitious on the first day in the mountains, and paid the price on the second day.
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The UCI needs to go all hardass on the problem and start instituting lifetime bans on first time offences. No exceptions. That might snap em into shape real quick.
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IF any of Sky team were juicing, they wouldn't have to do it every day after a day like stage 8. They're good enough to keep that lead now without it....That would be assuming they were and I'm not quite ready to do that yet. All eyes are going to be on Sky now though in any case.
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It's interesting that David Millar, of all people, is sticking up for Sky.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mill...em-at-the-tour
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