Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by User, 13 Jul 2012.
if this graph is genuine
then it's a puzzle to me. And to Chris Froome.
it seems to be saying just that
"Then there was ‘Pissgate’, wasn’t there… Phew. That was interesting.”
Was that before or after they found out he was suffering from Bilharzia ?
It took them a while to diagnose it as the cause of lethargy and training problems that he had. He suffered again this year. I think that before the Vuelta, Sky weren't intending to renew his contract. So there is a good chance that graph was made with data that doesn't represent his healthy performance level.
Exactly. If you know Froome's history it's pretty easy to see what was going on here - with hindsight. Brailsford thought he was dealing with someone who was never going to realise the early potential that has been spotted (by Shane Sutton, incidentally), whereas he was actually looking at someone suffering from the debilitating effects of an as-yet undiagnosed and certainly not yet treated illness from which he would recover. I am sure if you looked at DB's equivalent graph a year later it would look rather different. Overall, his approach looks like common sense, really.
"This graph is our approximation of Brailsford's rider analysis"
I found it interesting that Brailsford basically uses an amateur's labour of love http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/start.asp as his method for keeping on top of who's doing what.
The template is one used by Brailsford, but IIRC the riders plotted were by the journalist.
that's kind of a relief.
I think it's that the journo just tried to remember approximately where the riders were on the chart Brailsford showed him, rather than the journo calculating the places using Brailsford's method.
Be a development worth exploring. Riders would have to be on longer contracts to make it work; cheats would be in breach of contract and possibly be open to being sued for substantial sums.
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