Thanks to Eric for sending me this link on race radio at the Tour de France. Not what you would expect to see… somebody actually did study the difference between races with & without race radio. And with a different outcome than many would think.
I’m not certain 1991-1996 vs 2001-2005 TdF stages are otherwise-equal; you’re comparing pre-Lance to Lance days, and regardless of what you think of Lance himself, Bruyneel brought a different style of racing to the Peloton, that of everyone dying for the King. At least it’s my perception, possibly wrong, that pre-Lance it was more likely your GC guy didn’t have the entire team at his disposal, but rather you’d have your separate sprinters & breakaway guys… something not possible with a classic Lance/Bruyneel team.
Read & discuss. Interested to hear what others think.
Sorry, this blog has become a poor step-child of the main one at Chain Reaction! But with the racing season really getting underway with Milan San Remo in just a few hours, it’s time to get back to work. For starters, we need to go over the Contador doping issue. First he’s suspended, then let off the hook by his own government’s cycling federation, and now the UCI, the overall governing board for professional cycling world-wide, appears ready to appeal the local federation’s dismissal and reinstate the suspension. Things should be getting interesting very shortly!
One thing in Contador’s favor is the recent testing of 28 athletes returning from China, 22 of whom tested positive for Clenbuterol, the same drug Contador was busted for. The significance here is that it’s highly unlikely those athletes were actually doping but had, in fact, eaten contaminated beef.