...As for the PED's after watching what the racers went through i am not sure how you could be competitive in that kind of race without using something. The real problem is recovery, to race a hundred miles mostly up hills is one thing but to do it for 22 almost strait days is something completely different. The body just does not naturally recover in one day. Going to the gym and really working out hard your sore for the next two day and it is even more painful on the second day. When i ride hard my legs hurt the next day and the day after that, so when i heard the announcer say that they guy is getting faster as the tour went longer that cannot happen with out the aid of something. I am not saying that something is illegal, all i am saying is that body tissue does not heal on its own overnight. To speed up recovery that fast PED's are the only thing i know about that could do the job in that little time window. Supplements help reduce muscle fatigue and speeds recovery but there is still fatigue and if you keep pushing it how do you really ever recover? That is just MO.
Hi, liketoride. I strongly you suggest you read up on sport physiology cause there are a lot of misconceptions in your post there. In short, unless you are an elite athlete of some description, you cannot compare anything you have experienced to what these guys are and what they do. Your longest hardest ride, that's a recovery ride for these guys. Think of the best amateur you know, the guy that wins all those races. Put him up against the slowest rider in the peloton, the ones that are in the grupetto, and the amateur would get canned.
This does not preclude the use of doping/PEDs but even without that these are elite athletes and really are on a different level.