Airwise: Just catching up here but I have to agree with @pred's points on your recent commentary.
The contrast in tone of your posts from July vs. Sept. is quite hilarious. In July you were despondent with this board full of uninformed amateur cycling fans who dared to cast doubt or question a remarkable (British) performance without evidence of the empirical sort. Now you are the one Liggero'ing on because the rider in question is American, and 42 yrs old. I will agree and acknowledge that Horner's result is remarkable and less believable than Froomie's. But the issue here is labeling your home fan bias as "historical logic" based on an athlete's nationality is simplistic and insults the intelligence of your audience if you expect them to buy it. Just admit how much you love your boys in black and blue!
Pete, if I wasn't so busy I would sit down with you and explain just why (IMHO) my attitude is far from disingenuous and absolutely nothing to do with an appreciation of Team Sky or a love for the country of my birth. It would be a fairly long conversation but I'm pretty confident that when presented with the facts and the logic behind the opinions you would appreciate that your above post was incorrect.
But as I mentioned to Pren, I've spent enough time on forums to realise that it's pretty well impossible to get that point across through the keyboard.
I have to say I had labeled you as the "king of negativity" on here but that was an articulate and restrained reply...I was wrong.