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I was just writing my betting picks for the tour this year, and it turned into this messy ramble, so I thought I'd start a thread for it: though many believe it to be so many bollocks, there are a few cycling fans on the forum who follow it every year.

 

 

Tour betting

 

  Saxo Bank Sungard

      1  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa), 2  Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa), 3  Brian Vandborg (Den), 4  Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa), 5  Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa), 6  Richie Porte (Aus), 7  Chris Anker Sørensen (Den), 8  Nicki Sörensen (Den), 9  Matteo Tosatto (Ita)

   

Aims: Contador to win. Everyone else on the team is there to drag him along. Its not the strongest team in the Peloton, but It did okay in the Giro taking him to the bottom of the climbs. Regardless, Contador has shown he doesn't need too much help once on the mountains. On form, both climbing and in time-trials, he only way he can lose this one is by falling, having a super off day (only done so once, in Paris Nice 2009 I think?), or by losing more minutes if the pack splits into echelons across Brittany / the Sud than he can make back against the Schlecks on the the chrono. Other than that, there's the danger of his being pushed off the bike by an irate fan someone with principles, but if they never got (Ph)Armstrong, why start with Contado(pe)r. 

 

Odds: 1.7 (betfair) to win is quite generous when you consider his form in recent Grand Tours (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1), but three weeks is a long time to wait, so I won't be backing it myself. 

 

 

Leopard Trek

        11  Andy Schleck (Lux), 12  Fränk Schleck (Lux), 13  Fabian Cancellara (Swi), 14  Joost Posthuma (Ned), 15  Linus Gerdemann (Ger), 16  Maxime Monfort (Bel), 17  Jakob Fuglsang (Den), 18  Jens Voigt (Ger), 19  Stuart O'Grady (Aus)

   

Aims: To get one of the Schlecks on the top step, probably Andy. 15, 16 and 17 are a ll good climbers in their own right, and could be cut loose in breaks once they've lost a bit of time. The team time trial will be a n interesting one for Leopard, because they're either great time trialists like Spartacus and Jens, or awful like the Schlecks. 

 

Odds: 3.35 for Andy winning isn't great when you consider he's never seriously threatened Contador in previous years. 1.65 in the without Contador market is pretty dire too considering his awful time trialing, and his lack of form in recent races (of course, he may have just been storing blood in this period).

 

 

Euskaltel-Euskadi

        21  Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa), 22  Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa), 23  Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa), 24  Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa), 25  Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa), 26  Amets Txurruka (Spa), 27  Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa), 28  Ivan Murillo Velasco (Spa), 29  Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa)

 

Aims: To get Sanchez onto the podium. Sanchez would be hoping for stages that end with downhills, rather than the mountain top finishes this year. Euskatel always put someone out for the mountains prize as well, though they usually come second.

 

Odds: 110 / 6.00 for Sanchez to win / top 3 look bad value, especially when there’s likely to be Contador, a Schleck, and Van den Broeck above him. Even 1.83 is risky for top 6 when there are so many other contenders. On the other hand, stages 16 and 17, into Gap and Pinerolo both have tasty looking descents where he might go off the front and try and get a stage win. 7/4 for a win on Bet365, and the one up the Mur might be another which suits him. He'll be about 10's for any win the night before the stage, which will be a better investment. KotM contenders are likely to be Egoi Martinez or Amets Txurruka who are going @ about 50's which is a good price for each way covering.

 

 

    Omega Pharma-Lotto

        31  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel), 32  Philippe Gilbert (Bel), 33  André Greipel (Ger), 34  Sebastian Lang (Ger), 35  Jurgen Roelandts (Bel), 36  Marcel Sieberg (Ger), 37  Jelle Vanendert (Bel), 38  Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel), 39  Frederik Willems (Bel)

 

Aims: Week one, Gilbert in Yellow, two stages. Week 2 and 3, Van Den Broeck on the podium. A stage or two for Greipel if possible.

 

Odds: Griepel doesn't have the support in the team, or the pace of Cav and Denis G., and the finishes aren't the false flats he likes. Gilbert is favourite for stage 1, and stage 4 up the Mur de Breatgne on his birthday is almost nailed on as a win. The others look more tricky. That's why he’s 3/5 to win 2 stages, but 2/1 to win 3. Van Den Broeck is 120 /  8.6 / 2.3 for win / top 3 / 6. The tastiest of these looks top 3. If he can follow on the uphills and out-timetrial Schleck, he is also a good call for winner w/o Contador @  32 and winner without Contador or Schleck @ 10.

 

 

    Rabobank Cycling Team

        41 Robert Gesink (Ned), 42  Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa), 43  Lars Boom (Ned), 44  Laurens ten Dam (Ned), 45  Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa), 46  Bauke Mollema (Ned), 47  Grischa Niermann (Ger), 48  Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa), 49  Maarten Tjallingii (Ned),

 

Aims: Gesink for the podium. Sanchez for a stage.

 

Odds: Gesink is always touted as being the next big thing, but he seems to have too many bad days. 5.1 for top 3 = no thanks. 

 

 

    Team Garmin-Cervelo

        51  Thomas Danielson (USA), 52  Ryder Hesjedal (Can), 53  David Zabriskie (USA), 54  Thor Hushovd (Nor), 55  Tyler Farrar (USA), 56  Johan Van Summeren (Bel), 57  Christian Vande Velde (USA), 58  David Millar (Gbr).

 

Aims:Someone in the top 10, wining the TTT. Hushovd for green again?

 

Odds:  Vandevelde @ 17 has a chance of being top 6 at his best form. They should be quite short for the TTT stage. Hushovd is 8/1 for the points, but I'd rather go for Boonen @ 40/1. Condensation of the intermediates into one 'supersprint' will change the dynamics of the points contest, so it is a tricky bet.

 

 

  Team RadioShack

        61  Christopher Horner (USA), 62  Janez Brajkovic (Slo), 63  Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa)

        64  Andreas Klöden (Ger), 65  Levi Leipheimer (USA), 66  Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), 67  Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por), 68  Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), 69  Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)

 

Aims: Team classification. Top 10 / 6.

 

Odds: Brajkovic is the better rider than any of these cheating, lying, aging bags of shite, and if I had to pick a rider under the odious Bruyneel, he would be the one. Looking at this pile of losers-in-last-chance-saloon, it wouldn't surprise me if a few of them super-charge up and go for one last hurrah. I just hope they get a visit from the Gendarmes. 

 

 

    AG2R La Mondiale

        71  Nicolas Roche (Irl), 72  John Gadret (Fra), 73  Biel Kadri (Fra), 74  Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra), 75  Christophe Riblon (Fra), 76  Hubert Dupont (Fra), 77  Maxime Bouet (Fra), 78  Sébastien Minard (Fra), 79  Sébastien Hinault (Fra)

 

Aims: Roche top 5. Stages. A KotM contnder.

 

Odds: Roche is steadily improving, but I'd want more than 10's for the top 6.

 

 

    Pro Team Astana

        81  Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz), 82  Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), 83  Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra), 84  Paolo Tiralongo (Ita), 85  Roman Kreuziger (Cze), 86  Andriy Grivko (Ukr), 87  Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz), 88  Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu), 89  Andrey Zeits (Kaz),

 

Odds: Kreuziger should be the GC man, but will the team work for Vino? Di Gregorio @ 66-1 could be cut loose for a go at the KotM.

 

 

  Quickstep Cycling Team

        91  Kevin De Weert (Bel), 92  Tom Boonen (Bel), 93  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra), 94  Gerald Ciolek (Ger), 95  Dries Devenyns (Bel), 96  Addy Engels (Ned), 97  Jérôme Pineau (Fra), 98  Gert Steegmans (Bel), 99  Niki Terpstra (Ned)

 

Aims: Stages for Boonen, Chavenel. De Weert is on his own when the road goes up.

 

Odds: The Boonen -  Steegmans combination which was so good in 2007 is back, and with Ciolek there to help. Boonen is 40-1 for the green, and is the kind of rider to get points in the intermediate and at the end.   

 

    Sky Procycling

        101  Bradley Wiggins (Gbr), 102  Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), 103  Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa), 104  Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa), 105  Christian Knees (Ger), 106  Simon Gerrans (Aus), 107  Rigoberto Uran (Col), 108  Geraint Thomas (Gbr), 109  Ben Swift (Gbr),

 

Aims: Wiggins to go as high as possible.

 

Odds: Not good. Wiggins can lose 1-2 minutes on each of the montain top finishes, and there isn't enough time trialing to get it back.

 

 

  FDJ

        111  Sandy Casar (Fra), 112  William Bonnet (Fra), 113  Mickael Delage (Fra), 114  Rémi Pauriol (Fra), 115  Anthony Roux (Fra), 116  Jérémy Roy (Fra), 117  Arnold Jeannesson (Fra), 118  Gianni Meersman (Bel), 119  Arthur Vichot (Fra),

 

Aims: Stages

 

Odds: Casar is wily, and has a chance in breaks. Plus, they ride clean. Go FDJ!

 

 

    BMC Racing Team

        121 Cadel Evans (Aus), 122  Brent Bookwalter (USA), 123  Marcus Burghardt (Ger), 124  George Hincapie (USA), 125  Amaël Moinard (Fra), 126  Steve Morabito (Swi), 127  Manuel Quinziato (Ita), 128  Ivan Santaromita (Ita), 129  Michael Schär (Swi)

 

Aims: Evans

 

Odds: He always says this is the year, and it never is. Probably not this year either, since he cleaned up when working with Sassi.

 

 

  Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne

        131  Julien El Farès (Fra), 132  Samuel Dumoulin (Fra), 133  Leonardo Duque (Col), 134  Tony Gallopin (Fra), 135 David Moncoutie (Fra), 136  Rein Taaramae (Est), 137  Tristan Valentin (Fra)

 

Aims: Moncoutie for the KotM.

 

Odds: He is the first favourite of the dedicated KotM riders, but not a bad price at 10-1. Duque might be sent out if Moncutie can't make breaks or to mark other contenders, and is and each way punt for KotM @ 300-1.

 

 

    Lampre - ISD

        141  Damiano Cunego (Ita), 142  Grega Bole (Slo), 143  Matteo Bono (Ita), 144  Danilo Hondo (Ger), 145  Adriano Malori (Ita), 146  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)

 

Aims; Petacchi for the Green. Cunegoto go as high as he can, then go for stages if he has a bad day.

 

Odds: “The Damiano who won the 2004 Giro is dead”, but cycling is coming towards him in terms of cleanness, and he had some form in the Dauphine, so 21.0 is a good price for a top 6 place for Cunego. No amount of experience can help Petacchi catch the much faster Cavendish on the flat sprints.

 

 

    Liquigas-Cannondale

        151 Ivan Basso (Ita), 152  Maciej Bodnar (Pol), 153  Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita), 154  Kristijan Koren (Slo), 155  Daniel Oss (Ita), 156  Maciej Paterski (Pol), 157  Fabio Sabatini (Ita), 158  Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), 159  Alessandro Vanotti (Ita)

 

Aims: Basso for top 3.

 

Odds: Not good after his recent crash.

 

 

    Team Europcar

        161  Thomas Voeckler (Fra), 162  Anthony Charteau (Fra), 163  Cyril Gautier (Fra), 164  Christophe Kern (Fra), 165  Pierre Rolland (Fra)

 

Aims: KotM. Stages for Voeckler.

 

Odds: Kern showed some climbing chops in the Swiss, but is quite short at 10s for KotM.

 

 

  Movistar Team

        171  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa), 172  Vasili Kiryienka (Blr), 173  Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa), 174  José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa), 175  David Arroyo Duran (Spa), 176  Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por), 177  Branislau Samoilau (Blr), 178  Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa), 179  Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa)

 

Aims: To do something for Xavi

 

Odds: Nothing catches the eye

 

    Katusha Team

        181  Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), 182  Vladimir Karpets (Rus), 183  Denis Galimzyanov (Rus), 184  Serguei Ivanov (Rus), 185  Yury Trofimov (Rus), 186  Vladimir Goussev (Rus), 187  Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus), 188  Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus), 189  Artem Ovechkin (Rus)

 

Aims: Crazy attacks for stage wins. Galimzyanov for yellow.

 

Odds:  Galimzyanov really impresses me and is 40-1 for the Green and 6-1 for a stage. If anyone can challenge Cav it is him. The team has little else to go for.

 

 

  HTC-Highroad

        191  Tony Martin (Ger), 192  Mark Cavendish (Gbr), 193  Mark Renshaw (Aus), 194  Lars Ytting Bak (Den), 195  Peter Velits (Svk), 196  Bernhard Eisel (Aut), 197  Danny Pate (USA), 198  Matthew Harley Goss (Aus), 199  Tejay Van Garderen (USA)

 

Aims: Green, a top10.

 

Odds: Are there enough flat sprints to put Cav in Green? I'm not sure there are, and 2.5 isn't a good price considering the rule change and his form. It might suit Goss (48.0) more this year, and as he isn't the led out man, he might be cut loose to do his own thing. 

 

 

    Saur - Sojasun

        201  Jérôme Coppel (Fra), 202  Arnaud Coyot (Fra), 203  Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra), 204  Jonathan Hivert (Fra), 205  Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra), 206  Laurent Mangel (Fra), 207  Yannick Talabardon (Fra), 208  Anthony Delaplace (Fra), 209  Jeremie Galland (Fra)

 

Aims: Who the hell are these guys?

 

Odds: Mysterious.

 

 

    Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

 

        211  Wout Poels (Ned), 212  Borut Bozic (Slo), 213  Romain Feillu (Fra), 214  Johnny Hoogerland (Ned), 215  Marco Marcato (Ita), 216  Lieuwe Westra (Ned), 217  Björn Leukemans (Bel), 218  Thomas De Gendt (Bel), 219  Rob Ruijgh (Ned)

 

Odds: Hoogerland is a fucking cheat, but he'll attack like crazy and is 10-1 to get a stage. De Gendt is an amazingly attacking rider too, I can see him getting in many breaks. 

 

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De Ghent is becomming a legend, would love to see him win a tour stage! Remember him attacking on EVERY tour of Britain stage a couple of years back and getting caught each time with about 3km to go!

 

Can't see anyone but Conty winning, however have outside bets on Evans and Gesink... you never know. Come on Brad, podium place please.

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Really looking forward to this.

 

Wiggins wont win the Tour unless Schleck has a bad day like he did in Switzerland and Contador then gets stripped of his title and/or one/both crash out.

 

However I was wondering how he'd compare against van den Broeck and Gesink who he was able to essentially make back his losses on the time trial in the Dauphine. Supposedly he wasn't at his best weight/form at that stage.

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Very possible, but that would need him to contest the intermediate sprints en route, something he has never really bothered with. Although he has got pretty damn close concentrating on stage victories.

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Very possible, but that would need him to contest the intermediate sprints en route, something he has never really bothered with. Although he has got pretty damn close concentrating on stage victories.

 

Why doesn't he bother with them?

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Very possible, but that would need him to contest the intermediate sprints en route, something he has never really bothered with. Although he has got pretty damn close concentrating on stage victories.

 

Why doesn't he bother with them?

 

You'd have to ask him, or his directeur sportif, or maybe Erik Zabel.

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Fair enough, seems a bit odd to be one of the best sprinters in the world and not want to do everything in his power to win the sprint title at the biggest event in the world.

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Well it's not necessarily the sprint title, it's the points title. Two of the most successful people in that classification are Laurent Jalabert and Sean Kelly and they're not purely sprinters but phenomenal all rounders. Hushovd for example will be able to pick up more points along the road on tougher days than Cav will manage.

 

 

But saying that, I do think Cav will take green this year.

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Cav has been pretty unfortunate the last couple of years with disqualifications and the like on certain stages, and he's still got close. He'll come close again providing he wins his usual number of stages (5+), just hope he can get things in his favour this year.

 

Contador will win the whole thing but will he still have the title in a few months time? Who knows.

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

2 Ivan Basso (ITA)

3 Jan Ullrich (GER)

4 Francisco Mancebo (ESP)

5 Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)

6 Levi Leipheimer (USA)

7 Michael Rasmussen (DEN)

8 Cadel Evans (AUS)

9 Floyd Landis (USA)

10 Óscar Pereiro (ESP)

11 Christophe Moreau (FRA)

12 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)

13 Eddy Mazzoleni (ITA)

14 George Hincapie (USA)

15 Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)

16 Jörg Jaksche (GER)

17 Bobby Julich (USA)

18 Óscar Sevilla (ESP)

19 Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ)

20 Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)

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Very possible, but that would need him to contest the intermediate sprints en route, something he has never really bothered with. Although he has got pretty damn close concentrating on stage victories.

 

Why doesn't he bother with them?

 

You'd have to ask him, or his directeur sportif, or maybe Erik Zabel.

 

He's more interested in the stage wins. At only 26, the only sprinter above him in stage wins is (arguably) Darrigade. If he bags 2 or 3 stages a year for the next four years, he'll be the greatest of all time.

 

Often, there just aren't enough stages for the pure bunch sprint specialist to beat someone who is consistent in both bunches and slightly harder stages for the green.

 

This year, for Cavendish, from the 10 'flat' stages according to ASO, there are stages 2, 5, 7, 11, 15, and 21 which should be bunches, if crosswinds don't get in the way. 1 and 4 have to much of a kick up at the end and will be won by classics riders (basically: Gilbert). 6 and 10 are maybes.

 

With Cav's all or nothing style, he loses a lot of points. In any two stages it is better to be 9th and 9th (36pts) than 1st and unplaced (35).

 

 

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

2 Ivan Basso (ITA)

3 Jan Ullrich (GER)

4 Francisco Mancebo (ESP)

5 Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)

6 Levi Leipheimer (USA)

7 Michael Rasmussen (DEN)

8 Cadel Evans (AUS)

9 Floyd Landis (USA)

10 Óscar Pereiro (ESP)

11 Christophe Moreau (FRA)

12 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)

13 Eddy Mazzoleni (ITA)

14 George Hincapie (USA)

15 Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)

16 Jörg Jaksche (GER)

17 Bobby Julich (USA)

18 Óscar Sevilla (ESP)

19 Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ)

20 Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)

 

Even I'm surprised at that - talk about Drug Fiends - the whole business is rotten to the core

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Doubt Contador will be as good as he was the last two years. Riding the Giro and then going on and try to win the Tour is never easy. Probably will still win, though.

 

Obviously, (as a Armstrong fan... I know, I know...) I'll hope for Radioshack to do well but I doubt that Klöden, Leipheimer or Horner will get into the top 5. Klöden probably still will. Leipheimer has shown the last two Tour's that he probably isn't up for 3 weeks of Le Tour anymore while Horner last year was just lucky because of that breakaway he got into to break into the top 10.

 

Think Brajkovic can be a big surprise this year as he's better than the Schlecks in TT and he's also beaten Contador in the Douphine a year ago.

 

 

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

2 Ivan Basso (ITA)

3 Jan Ullrich (GER)

4 Francisco Mancebo (ESP)

5 Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)

6 Levi Leipheimer (USA)

7 Michael Rasmussen (DEN)

8 Cadel Evans (AUS)

9 Floyd Landis (USA)

10 Óscar Pereiro (ESP)

11 Christophe Moreau (FRA)

12 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)

13 Eddy Mazzoleni (ITA)

14 George Hincapie (USA)

15 Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)

16 Jörg Jaksche (GER)

17 Bobby Julich (USA)

18 Óscar Sevilla (ESP)

19 Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ)

20 Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)

 

You can add Hincapie and Popovych because of their connections with Armstrong/Bruyneel/U.S.Postal (DSC-Team). Strange thing to happen that Hincapie, despite doing lots of pulling for Armstrong, could still finish in the top 15 - which he surprisingly couldn't do again after Armstrong had retired. Same could be said about Popovych who did so well in his first Tour, yet couldn't climb after that anymore.

 

Guerini can be added as well, as the whole T-Mobile/Telekom team was doped that time.

 

I've even read something about Pereiro and Zubeldia but I'm not to sure about them.

 

The only one who really seems clean despite being up there all the time seems Evans.

 

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

 

When has Armstrong been caught positive?

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

 

When has Armstrong been caught positive?

 

Retroactive TUI for Corticosteriods, '99

Retested samples from the '99 tour in a blind test.

Synthetic EPO in the '01 Samples from Tour de Suisse (just before the big donation to UCI).

...of course, the really good stuff is yet to be revealed.

 

For the record, I think cycling is much cleaner now than most other sports, including soccer. If you want to see something truly outrageous, just look at Wimbledon.

 

 

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What are the odds on 10+ cyclists being caught for using performance enhancing drugs?

 

How long is the timeline? In race, or in hindsight? Lets look at just the top20 from 2005 (the same applies for most years). After a decade, it approaches 100%.

 

Bold = caught positive

Italic = probable

1 Lance Armstrong (USA)

 

When has Armstrong been caught positive?

 

Retroactive TUI for Corticosteriods, '99

Retested samples from the '99 tour in a blind test.

Synthetic EPO in the '01 Samples from Tour de Suisse (just before the big donation to UCI).

...of course, the really good stuff is yet to be revealed.

 

For the record, I think cycling is much cleaner now than most other sports, including soccer. If you want to see something truly outrageous, just look at Wimbledon.

 

 

While i don't like Lance, and hope he is found guilty of the drug taking im almost certain he was part of, those tests weren't officially "postitive" and we are still waiting on the investigation. I know you are right, but officially he can't be in that list just yet. Lance still today this days claims never to have tested positive in any test.

 

Anyway, i agree on the last bit, i believe cycling is as clean as any sport at the moment, including football.

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What is going on at Wimbledon?

 

http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/

 

Has the author of that blog ever been to a gym?

 

It seems muscles = steroids to him when the more likely scenario is EPO, which is why players like Nadal can play 5 sets and look like they've just warmed up. This goes for Djokovic as well. It's still very, very unlikely, but not impossible. Baseball's shown that its impossible and obviously Spanish atheletes are tainted by Operation Puerto but muscles aren't steroids. Someone like Djokovic is actually a good example of someone who has no super-developed muscles and is still able to hit with so much power throughout a long match.

 

But anyway, pointing to someone like Stosur who has muscles and saying she's on steroids is absolutely ridiculous. She could easily get muscles if she trains an hour a day and eats lots of protein. Muscles aren't hard to develop, especially when you don't have a regular job and life that comes in the way - which is the case for professional atheletes.

 

I wonder what the author thinks of someone as frail and thin as Sharapova absolutely and regularly outhitting the more muscular women on the tour.

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