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Nibali a symbol of hope for clean riders?
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CERV

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05/27/2013 11:59 AM
http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/05/news/nibalis-giro-ditalia-win-heralded-as-symbol-of-hope_288760 seriously? how can you doubt anyone with a sudden jump in performance the first season after joining astana?
longslowdistance

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05/27/2013 12:00 PM
Hope springs eternal.
CERV

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05/27/2013 12:08 PM
I don't even deny that there's a chance he could be clean. I just found the story a bit over the top.
Orange Crush

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05/27/2013 12:51 PM
Over the top are precisely the words I'd attach to this; especially since it seems to be a bit self-proclaimed.

There are better candidates for this designation.
pikeHillRoad

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05/27/2013 09:25 PM
yeah, whatever. He certainly was the strongest guy from start to finish. Given what Plan B says, I have my doubts, but...whatever. It was certainly exciting and epic racing, though perhaps too extreme.
jookey

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05/28/2013 08:11 AM
First off, I am always a doubter. This is due to all of cycling for the last 15 years.
But did Nibali really have a "Sudden improvement"? He was on the podium three times in grand tours already
2010 Vuelta 1st
2011 Giro 2nd
2012 Tour 3rd

As for the TT, while he is not the best TT guy on the work, it was an UPHILL TT. He did as I had expected.
He did a little better than I expected on the Flat TT earlier, but not great.

I think you could come to the conclusion he did it clean. Then again due to the track record in the sport, you can always doubt. That is the real shame. We will doubt any rider with a great performance. Although in Italy, Pantani is still revered...
Bodynazi

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05/28/2013 01:33 PM
Sad is the day that now anytime anyone does anything excellent on the bike everyone will be crying "DOPER" immediately. ... not just cycling - but any sport where someone is fast/quick/strong/high Vo2max - anyone excelling will be suspect.

Voss, Cavindish, Gilbert, Boonen, Saegan, Wiggins (last year), Nabili, Rodreguz, Compton, Cancellera, .. anyone winning should be suspect - yes?
PlanB

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05/28/2013 02:51 PM
Bodynazi, you make a very good point. I'm somewhat (though not entirely!) regretting what I alleged the other day about Nibali, or came close to alleging, in my retro-fitted 'theory'. At this point many of us are looking for answers in twitches of a shoulder, twinkles in an eye.

Perhaps we're just tired of feeling like fools. How soon we've forgotten that Marco Pantani, too, was ushered in as the new clean face of cycling because he looked like a lawn gnome. An Italian male with no hair! — it was a visual contradiction that had us all genuflecting before his apparent piety. How people look, what people say about themselves, their demeanour, their sometimes undeniable social graces, along with flapping crucifixes and dying dogs — these things are not evidence.
nightfend

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05/28/2013 03:30 PM
We are not fools for watching these riders and cheering them on. We are only fools when these riders test positive and then we believe their stories of how they are not guilty.
Pin0Q0

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05/28/2013 03:33 PM
Right now my hopes are with the younger guys under 30 and don't believe for a second VN was clean. We all have been fooled once too many time with the old school pros. I also don't think Jens V, Fabian C or Thor H ever raced clean.

Over the past year all riders from that error mean nothing to me as a cycling fan. Too many talented pros didn't make it becasue they refused to jump on the wagon and so it has hard not be a cynic.

"I suspect everyone and trust no one" as Inspecter Cluesoau from Pink Panther once said.
Keith Richards

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05/28/2013 03:35 PM
Posted By Pin0Q0 on 05/28/2013 03:33 PM
Right now my hopes are with the younger guys under 30 and don't believe for a second VN was clean. We all have been fooled once too many time with the old school pros. I also don't think Jens V, Fabian C or Thor H ever raced clean.

Over the past year all riders from that error mean nothing to me as a cycling fan. Too many talented pros didn't make it becasue they refused to jump on the wagon and so it has hard not be a cynic.

"I suspect everyone and trust no one" as Inspecter Cluesoau from Pink Panther once said.


Nibali is "only" 28.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Pin0Q0

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05/28/2013 03:39 PM
So we have a 28yo dopper.....well observed.
bobswire

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05/28/2013 05:14 PM
I don't trust anyone under 68, back in my day we did the opposite,put things in our bodies to impede our performance.

Keith Richards

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05/29/2013 05:19 PM
I love the guy in the back with the waterbottle. Photobombing has been around forever!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Hoshie

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05/29/2013 09:16 PM
Enjoy the show, or don't. You know some of it is rigged, you don't know who, so take it for what is worth.

After all the nonsense, I still love the sport, less enamored of the pro aspect so don't care as much to fret over "did he or didn't he"

J
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