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MarkGiardini
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by MarkGiardini

Mollema to Trek.
KWalker wrote:chill out perv dogs, homegirl is still only 17.

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BMC just signed Damiano Caruso whom was rumored to Team Sky.
They've got also De Marchi whom was rumored to Astana but then Vino didnt want too many italians.

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DanW wrote:Bit harsh ;) But 3 punctures in 170km is a bit much, especially with one 6km from the end too. Wonder what tyre he was running and who the mechanic for the first puncture was that took an age to get the wheel changed?!

As has been mentioned one mechanical was chain related and the wheel was changed as a precaution.
Have to ask, did you see the race? Lots of laps on a shortish city circuit in atrocious conditions. Punctures were to be expected. The Australians didn't seem to fare very well in the puncture department.

Glad Thomas won. He's deserved a big win for a while.

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by gazrichards

Punctures can happen anywhere on the circuit. It could be 6k from the finish or 6k from the start.
Bad conditions mean more punctures.
It's not as if the tyre just decided to stop being puncture proof with 6k to go. It was just bad luck.

Or actually you could say it was fortunate that the puncture happened then and not 5k earlier when he was In the group of 3 as that would have ruled him out for the win there and then most likely.

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Interesting. Riders will need to be tested after they have finished riding to get a full picture. Also perhaps explains the all year round model of some riders rather than the peaking approach. Once you establish your passport parameters you have to maintain them on a consistent basis.

History shows that you have to stay one step ahead of cheats and that they will be imaginative and sometimes intelligent in their approaches. The more the biological passport is understood, the more it will be 'gamed'.

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Contador's data from the day he crashed.
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It says 76.8km/h when he crashed, but at the same time reveals his power data for the first two climbs.
Of course a summit finish would be more interesting.

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ghisallo2003 wrote:


Interesting. Riders will need to be tested after they have finished riding to get a full picture. Also perhaps explains the all year round model of some riders rather than the peaking approach. Once you establish your passport parameters you have to maintain them on a consistent basis.

History shows that you have to stay one step ahead of cheats and that they will be imaginative and sometimes intelligent in their approaches. The more the biological passport is understood, the more it will be 'gamed'.


This has been known for quite a while. See Horner's missed test at end of Vuelta...

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I meant post-career testing, rather than after a race. You could feasibly adjust your passport parameters all through your racing career and not raise suspicions.

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ghisallo2003: it would be insanely difficult to dope consistently for years. With all the traveling, supply is a real issue. Also, chances are that you get really bad side effects, the body's response to lots of EPO for example is to shut down the natural EPO production, so once you stop, you're in trouble. (Not that side effects would have stopped people in the past)

The bio passport is a real success in making doping considerably harder.

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MarkGiardini wrote:Mollema to Trek.


Read the interview on CN and found this comment from him quite unbelievable for someone at Pro Tour level - “I think the time trial bike is a very fast bike and it tested really well in the wind tunnel,” Mollema said. “But we just didn’t have enough time to train on the new bike. The fact that I didn’t have a time trial bike to train on at home all year wasn’t in my favour.”

WTF? He is the co leader of the team and didn't have TT bike for the whole year to train on? Hell I know people on continental teams that get a TT bike to train on all year. That just seems incredibly short sighted by him and the team, even if it was last years model, you'd think he'd have one to practice on.

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I think he means 'new' TT bike to train on.

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And by that it's more a reflection on Bianchi's ability to deliver the team their new Aquila TT rigs than the team holding out on providing a bike.

That said, nothing stopping Mollema refining his position on the TT bike he had and transferring that fit over. So there's a component of 'blaming his tools', given his shocking Stage 20 TdF TT.

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petal666 wrote:I think he means 'new' TT bike to train on.


Depends how you read his answer, or if he was misquoted.

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supposedly, I've heard that bianchi left it up to Mollema and Ten Dam whether they wanted to ride the new bike or not.

though, I agree that if Mollema had had his fit coordinates on his old TT riug dialed in he should not have any issue transferring it to the new bike. there'd be no difference biomecahnically.

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