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@48No, that’s bike racing. Those are severe, painful injuries, and lets be honest, cycling is just a sport. I hope he recovers. You, on the other hand, need to get some perspective.
I had another look at the 2017 women’s season. I don’t think Deignan was much below the level of early 2016. It’s just that van der Breggen was really in form - she won all three Ardennes races!Deignan actually finished second on La Course, the year they climbed the Izoard. Not bad for a rouleur. Then she got appendicitis, which surely wiped out any condition she was in.
@45I agree that nobody knows whether or not she doped. But you’re claiming the opposite, you think she doped based on your view of her performances. Those can be explained easily.Again, if you think she had an easy ride you should look at the specialist cycling media. I wouldn’t be surprised if she planned to have a child in 2018 because she needed a break from the cycling circus.
Froom broken leg ribs elbow. That is what happens if you are associated with a team of cheaters. Lying Brailsford
@45Phoning is NOT approved procedure. Your 'point' is irrelevant.Mario Zorzoli issued TUEs for Brad in breach of UCI rules 46.2, 46.3, 46.4, 47 and 48. Cookson failed in his duty to enforce those rules. If the granting of the TUE had been "above board” (as Sir Dave says!) nobody would have dared to give Wiggins an injection of Kenalog. They expected it would stay secret - aw, bad luck!
Any folk who care about the truth, the whole truth, please refresh your memories:- “Maladministration by British Cycling, UK Sport, the UCI and UKAD is the root cause of each and every problem.” https://discussion.theguardian.com/comment-permalink/95927196
Are we using the “never failed a test” defence now? Mmm... I don’t know whether she has doped, none of us on here does. I do know that if you compare the tone and content of her press with Sky’s there is a vast difference. We have approved TUEs being treated as doping and missing a test because the phone is on silent being forgiven. She had uniquely bad dope testers?
@42Actually, Lizzie had 16 out of competition tests in that 12 months, in addition to many more tests at races. She was subjected to 3 in one week, after UKAD's faulty 'strike' in Sweden. That shows you how the mindless suspicions of the DCO clouded his judgement. Remember, this is taking blood samples!
@40“I don’t think it is fair that you can get a bigger sanction for an administrative failure than for an actual doping offence. It’s ridiculous.” - Mark Cavendish. Since Lizzie had only one missed test and one admin failure, I agree with Cav's view! Lizzie didn't 'forget' anything on 20/8/15. The DCO only had to identify himself to the hotel receptionist. He's unfit for the job - period.
@40I don’t know, if my other half’s father were seriously ill and I had to travel on short notice, I might fail to do a few work related things. It’s perspective. The question is moot though, she had 16 in competition tests in the same 12 month period, nothing was found. You shouldn’t cast aspersions, her performances and record do not suggest any wrong doing.
@30, @28,In 2017, Lizzie rode to help Anna win the Ardennes triple crown and still took second place in all three. VdB returned the compliment in the Tour de Yorkshire and said; “I was empty, but Lizzie still felt good so I told her to go and she did in an amazing way. She was so strong today.” Two world champions who treat each other as equals and ride for the team to win.
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