Salaman makes some good points regarding the Ax3 finish. There are certainly some possibilities (stage number etc) that Saturday was legal however I think the weather was not one of them. I'm sure I heard somewhere that it was a headwind that they had to cycle into on Saturday and I'm pretty sure Armstrong had a tailwind in 2001. Also, he still beat Armstrong's 2003 time (which was pretty much the exact same stage).|
As far as the rest of Sky having difficulties on Sunday goes, it certainly gave me hope initially. I do not believe Froome is clean for one second but I'd hope that it isn't a team-wide doping effort. However, it strongly smells to me (and my possibly over-cynical mind) that Sky got their bloodbags in (or whatever the current blood-doping vogue is) a day earlier than anyone else and suffered the natural fallout the day after (all except Froome who is obviously the single greatest rider the planet has ever seen despite never showing anything ever in his whole career until the last 2.5 years).
In any event, the comments above this post are correct, endless doping discussions do detract from the overall enjoyment of the Tour. I remember I had an argument with pistol about Armstrong 4/5 years ago about this stuff and I don't think either of us enjoyed it. I'm not going to bang on about it from here on in but I do believe that cycling is still riddled with blood and drug doping and it makes me sad as I've been enjoying it greatly these last couple of years.
/zips mouth shut
Edited by grey_matters at 00:55:00 09-07-2013
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