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Old 07-24-17, 07:53 AM
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Contador's asthma

Contador has had sanctions in the past for certain asthma medications, did anyone notice his 4 or 5 inhaler
puffs on one of the monster climbs IIRC Wed 7/19. He was in a bunch, climbing hard and reached around
to a jersey pocket pulled out something, shook it several times and put it to his mouth and repeated this
4-5x. Just amazing to be using an inhaler on one of the toughest days on the tour.
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Old 07-24-17, 08:08 AM
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Meh. I can't climb some hills at all without taking ephedrine tablets beforehand, let alone at race effort.

Steroid inhalers do nothing for me, most of the powder gets stuck in my mouth and throat. It takes half a dozen puffs just to get a little into the lungs. Even then it never clears the airways like ephedrine.

Problem is it's bad for my BP and thyroid. But I tend to need to breathe while riding.
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Not because he used an inhaler but Contador to me in the tour captured his true champion heart. He gave his all and wasn't enough. Not as strong as his former self or we would have seen a better fight.
But was great to see the two time champion in the mix fighting every step of the way. Whatta bike rider he is.
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Contador was awesome this year.

I am not a fan of TUEs for banned substances (Froome has a boatload of those too) but I know my asthma inhaler wouldn't get me up a mountain in less than triple the time these guys take.
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90% of the peloton has "asthma". It's amazing how all those sickly asthmatic kids you knew in school have all become world class cyclists.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
Not because he used an inhaler but Contador to me in the tour captured his true champion heart. He gave his all and wasn't enough. Not as strong as his former self or we would have seen a better fight.
But was great to see the two time champion in the mix fighting every step of the way. Whatta bike rider he is.
+1

He's one of my favourite too. When he was young, it was a sight to see him dance up the mountains. Age more than anything else contributed to his downfall. The affect of age is universal for us all.
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He's one of my favourite too. When he was young, it was a sight to see him dance up the mountains. Age more than anything else contributed to his downfall. The affect of age is universal for us all.
A true gentleman isn't he? Class act. Remember when Lance came back which ultimately was his undoing...Lance being out of his prime with Contador on his team. Lance couldn't beat Contador. They didn't speak to one another on the same team. Was supposed to be Lance's show. Not to be Contador was too strong. As you say, nobody is immune of the ravages of age even when guys are in their 30's and among the best bike riders on the planet.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
Contador was awesome this year.

I am not a fan of TUEs for banned substances (Froome has a boatload of those too) but I know my asthma inhaler wouldn't get me up a mountain in less than triple the time these guys take.
We agree. Dump the TUEs.

In the last 25 years of TdF of the yellow jersey wearers in Paris - two riders have no public documentation that they used any PEDs.
All others have.

Right now - PEDs are needed to win Le Tour - just like Lance said.

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Originally Posted by brianmcg123 View Post
90% of the peloton has "asthma". It's amazing how all those sickly asthmatic kids you knew in school have all become world class cyclists.

It's not that kind of asthma. Many athletes suffer from exercised-induced asthma. Probably just as many people in the general population would also have asthma attacks triggered by exercise if they ever bothered to get off their sofa and put it a hard effort to find out.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
We agree. Dump the TUEs.

In the last 25 years of TdF finishes in Paris - two riders have no public documentation that they used any PEDs.
All others have.

Right now - PEDs are needed to win Le Tour - just like Lance said.
Exactly.
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Contador was awesome in the tour. So aggressive and willing to work and take chances. Was hoping he could get a stage victory, but for sure all heart and guts.
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Contador to me in the tour captured his true champion heart. He gave his all and wasn't enough
Early on I was not an Alberto Fan but over the last few years his courage has changed my mind. His performances in the TDF, and especially the last day of Paris Nice were the highlights of the year as far as I'm concerned.


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As an asthmatic i can assure you there is no asthma medication which is going to get me up to racing speeds. Some stuff will raise my heart rate---which makes it dangerous because I could damage my heart. Even if it gets my heart racing, none of it gives me that big a boost ... mostly I can just breathe less badly than before. I wish i could take a shot of an inhaler and power up hills. But there is nothing legal I could find in any inhaler which would do that.

As for Contador ... yeah, he went for it this year and I loved it. I was a fan until he got busted and the Spanish UCI branch tried to get cute and all that ... but he paid the price. He lost maybe his prime year of riding.

He is old now ... but he showed heart like not a lot of riders do, IMO.
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stage 17 of the 2012 vuelta where contador took purito to school was a masterclass
in racing. bertie's had some pretty decent gambling attacks-some have paid off, some haven't-
but that one was gutsy and netted him the leader's jersey and the eventual overall win.

love him or hate him...at least you can't say he's been boring. when he was at the top of his game
a few years back as a climber, time trialist and tactician, he was nearly impossible to beat.
his supporting cast (expect for the ascension to the throne early years) has generally been
dogmeat compared to some of his biggest rivals. i will miss his combativeness when he leaves.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
We agree. Dump the TUEs.

In the last 25 years of TdF of the yellow jersey wearers in Paris - two riders have no public documentation that they used any PEDs.
All others have.

Right now - PEDs are needed to win Le Tour - just like Lance said.

I believe it was Jacques Anquetil who said (I'm paraphrasing) You don't win the Tour de France with Perrier. Same as it ever was.
I agree that Contadore showed how a true champion rides. He went down but he went down swinging. I forget which stage it was but Contadore attacked to bridge to the leaders and tried to take Quintana with him. The Colombian could not hold his wheel. Said something about both cyclists
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