It could have been a different outcome in today's ITT if Froome did not have the advantage of the bike switch. When a person has a mechanical, it seems fitting that they do a bike change and push the rider back to a starting speed. Sky chose a hill to change so the time stopping and getting back up to speed would be the least. Further, his coach pushed him right back to speed while he was clipping in and getting on his gears. Starting from a complete stop on a hill on a tt bike can zap your energy and probably take much more time.
Froome's advantage is clearly 2nd hand dope smoke from the fans. This is based on transfusions going on in all those RV's you see lining the course. They are so disgusted with their countrymen they stop breathing when they pass.
Amerika, Land of the Very Brief.
Am I the only one that noticed the hottie in the red bikini today?
A few things that I would like to see though or atleast have UCI/WADA access are his power files. I would also like to see Sky more transparant post TDF.
It's a tough one, but contrary to popular belief I don't think that the quality of riders this year (and last year) is up there with past years. Yes there's a few big names here but the likes of Schleck and Evans are unfit (Andy) and possibly past it (Cadel). I mean look at Belkin (Rabobank) they're doing really well and they haven't been close for years. Therefore I don't see Froome dominating as a sure sign of foul play. That being said his pure speeds do look a little dodgy but there's more than enough grey area to believe for now. These guys are machines how who put in a shed load of intense training which is easily accessible.
There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
"He must have excellent ability to recover between stages."
The problem as I see it is that Sky have released 2011 figures onwards, which show that he hasn't got stronger / weaker / slower / faster during that period. What I'd like to see is the 2010 figures, which could show how much he's improved since joining Sky.
Clearly Froome signaled Porte on today's stage climb with a secret hand sign that said "Quick you lazy pulling pack mule I need more dope and I need it now!" The French all breathed a sigh of relief as Riblon got the dope on van Garderen who desperately needed the needle that last few klicks.
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Amerika, Land of the Very Brief.
....and we can already see how releasing the power data will not satisfy the cynics.
The problem I see with the analysis of his data is that the two things cited as extraordinary by the reviewer (VO2Max and recovery ability) are the two things most likely to be improved by doping. So the expert is saying, yes his numbers are consistent since he joined Sky, but he has top of the chart VO2Max and must be tremendous at recovering...and none of those statements mean that he is or is not doping. So we are still left to wonder. I would say I am somewhat less skeptical than I was a few days ago, because it seems that Sky is trying to be transparent about it in a way that doesn't give other teams an advantage, but they really are in a tough position trying to prove the negative, and I do feel sorry for Froome if he is clean, because he is having to pay the price in skepticism for all the sins of those who rode before him.
You can never prove someone isn't doping no matter how much evidence you produce.
History is the future