A lot of pros have come out and say that they think Froome is clean.
That's because it was the Tour, which shadows over the Vuelta like the Sun shadows Venus. During the Tour nearly ever rider out there gets interviewed and asked questions, especially about doping (given the history), and of course when prompted they would say whatever they need to say.
Very few have said the same about Horner.
Were they asked or pressed about it by the media? Nope, certainly not by comparison. Media-wise the press didn't pay much attention to the Vuelta compared to the Tour. However following the victory there were plenty of statements of support and congratulations from those in the peloton.
This speaks volumes to me.
I'm not defending Horner here - nor anyone for that matter, because they could all be guilty in the end - but I'm pointing out this statement. If you, myself, or anyone, is going to take one small sample size and extrapolate something from it you need to include context and also include other sources of statements for comparison.
Speaks volumes? Certainly. It speaks volumes to me about how little the press attended the Vuelta compared to the Tour. It speaks volumes to me about how much more emphasis and pressure on riders exists at the Tour than at the Vuelta by comparison. It speaks volumes to me that we're choosing to edit what we want to read from other people and excluding contradictory statements simply to support how we have already judged. We're guilty of this, no? But we're also capable of being fair, open, and balanced to consider everything and recognize those which contradict our prejudice.
Nope. Never trust the teammates. Haven't we learned anything from the past?
Again, still applies to everyone. So with this logic, which if you want it to be valid sure let's do that, we shouldn't trust any teammate on any team about any statements positive or negative towards another teammate?
Huh. So, to be fair, team-mates of Sky have been touting their programme as being exceptional and, with marginal gains, leading to their success. We shouldn't trust their statements, right? And your boy Joe Drombowski, can't trust him either by your logic.
Can't trust Nibali's teammates.
...Or, how about this: how about we stop the cursory accusations and "expert analysis" on bio-data from people who start off with "i'm no expert" and wait to see if any actual lab test results come back proving what you want to believe?
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