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  • Mark Robinson

    Perennial.

    • Superpilot

      Perennial Perenium

  • badhombrebigdo

    “The victory is the ninth of the season for Valverde, who seems – surprisingly – to be stronger than ever at 36 years of age.”

    Lol, in the biz, that’s what’s known as ‘low key shade’.

    As for this story, wow, would have loved to see Dan Martin get this one… guy is easy to root for and always turning the pedals over hard af, but rarely finds that podium.

    • Superpilot

      Martin would have won if he was on Valverde’s wheel all climb, made up so much more ground, maybe 5-10 bike lengths, his positioning was abominable.

    • Mark Blackwell

      haha, love it. hadn’t heard “low key shade” before. perfect.

  • jh

    Bob Jungels and Demarchi had phenomenal rides. not sure why Martin wasn’t stuck to Valverde’s wheel on the Muur. eff “low key shade”. Hopefully Valverde scratches prior to LBL. I’m tired of this garbage.

  • Marcus

    For fairness, they really need to institute life bans for dopers. Valverde could well be clean now, but many who have taken supplements in sport will admit it’s easier to reach those levels even once you’re no longer using.

    Anecdotally, I have a friend who quite openly went from being a 70kg weakling to a 95kg brick in the gym over the course of a year or so, all with the help of steroids and other concoctions. Very common. But he also notes that he hasn’t used for well over a year now, but still finds it quite easy to maintain his non-natural physique, and get gains that would have previously been considered impossible. It’s not as easy as when he’s on it, but he’s certainly benefiting from past use, and he happily admits it.

    Same goes for other drugs – EPO, testosterone, whatever. Or, even for those completely natural – once you’ve hit a certain level, it’s easier to reach that again years down the track, both physically and mentally.

    Bottom line – life bans aren’t always fair, but fewer people would lose out than with the current arrangement.

    • d;

      Muscle memory and the human mind – amazing. On the same token, I don’t believe gender changers should be allowed to participate in female competitions, pc or not.

      • Samaway

        Luckily it’s not up to you!

        • d;

          You’re spot on, I agree. Shucks, I’m not even qualified to comment.

      • jules

        in Alex’s case, it’s probably short term memory

        • d;

          Hmmm, that is one hell of a multi edged sword.

    • badhombrebigdo

      PEDs and roids alter one’s DNA… forever. Your friend is an example of such.

  • ac

    Why do you mention Woods and Ulissi and not Gaudu who was more active and finished in front of them ?

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