- JTL asked to explain his blood passport values – surprised?
I’m not particularly shocked by this, I think people saw it coming. Rider comes from nowhere on a team not subject to the passport, wins big race, passport is started on him, goes to big team, performance suddenly drops.
I hope it’s not him doing something dodgy but this is one of those cases where you just can’t help feeling that something wasn’t right.Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
If and it is if they do come back with something that shouldn’t have been there it will be interesting to see how Sky deal with it.
As far as I know Sky only sign people who are and have been clean so JTL is surely out ?
Could be all manner of reasons why JTL has struggled meeting the expectations Sky had of him but on the other hand…..Posted 4 years agoratherbeintobagoSubscriber
Lunge – I think the implication is that he may have been doping pre-Sky, but since signing for them and being exposed to a proper testing regime he’s stopped, hence drop off in performance (and all the talk about how Sky’s training methods didn’t suit him).
This is, of course, all speculation and there may well be an innocent explanation. He hasn’t yet actually been charged with doping, just asked to explain some irregularities.Posted 4 years agosteviousMember
This is a non-story as it stands. Riders are often asked to clarify their blood passports, as there are a huge number of factors that can affect the blood values.
It helps nobody to assume the worst in these cases, or indeed to imply some kind of wrongdoing based on the fact that he’s had a bad season.Posted 4 years agosteviousMember
Here’s some background to the story that I thought people would be interested in:
Turns out the findings are possibly more suspicious than I thought, but the process still isn’t transparent enough to really make a judgement just yet – I guess this is why these findings are usually kept confidential until a prosecution is made.Posted 4 years ago
This is about his values prior to his (officially) joining team sky. Very odd given the hot water they were extracting themselves from at the time that they didn’t make sure they had all the relevant data and make their own assessment at the time of him taking up their contract.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
A flag went up for me with his performances in early 2012.
It was all just a bit too easy for him.
He just rode seasoned climbers off his wheel despite the fact he wasn’t known as a climber in the Tour Méditerranéen.
Then repeated the feat in Haut Var.
This is all when he was on a team not part of the bio passport. Not sure at what stage of Team Sky’s interest in him he would have had to have started the passport.
Not that I thought ‘definitely’, but I’ve been very wary since.Posted 4 years ago
Which is why I’m surprised they weren’t all over his numbers and smelling a rat.
Maybe they WERE all over them, and nothing showed? The way the whole thing has broken and progressed suggests that, whatever the anomoly is, it’s a long way from being a clear breach of ze rules.Posted 4 years ago
Maybe they WERE all over them, and nothing showed? The way the whole thing has broken and progressed suggests that, whatever the anomoly is, it’s a long way from being a clear breach of ze rules.
Well that’s exactly it, they were all over it but a biological passport violation isn’t the result of a single test, it’s about establishing a baseline each year so that anomalies can be spotted. It’s not like he was busted for something you can get in a single blood/urine test.Posted 4 years ago
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