Many of us road cyclist have been watching this first week of the TDF 2013. With no super high mountains and a few different yellow Jersey leaders, things went as expected. We all looked forward to team Sky taking over and setting Chris Froome free. I don’t think any of us expected Froome to gain so much time and for his team mate, Richie Porte to have so much time on the pack also. It would be crazy for a cycling fan to not think maybe Team Sky is so far ahead of the rest because they also have some elaborate doping program like other that have been in recent news. Obviously I don’t have a single inch of evidence to prove this theory, except for how well the team has dominated the last 2 seasons of cycling the cycling world tour. My crazy head starts to think maybe everyone else is doing so badly because they stopped their doping programs and Team Sky simply came up with a different method to cheat. But then there was stage 9 where the yellow jersey (Chris Froome) was left out totally isolated and was put on the ropes. This man is human and he may have taken the yellow jersey a bit early in the race. Can he defend that obnoxious time he has over the 2nd and 3rd position? I say him; as in Chris Froome alone, because his team has shown poor results on back to back hard days. Richie Porte has no chance in all the ice cream in the world to catch back up to the 2nd place he held for one day or even the top 20 for that matter. I personally think Froome will be left out on his own for the rest of the tour and will not be able to defend his massive lead over the others as teams like Movistar pull their Spanish and Colombian high mountain climbers out of the deck for play . We are going to see an odd name, come from 2 minutes back, as the winner of the tour.
Back to my doping theory.
What are the chances that cycling is going clean? And who’s to say that this isn’t the forefront of what is to be. A regular cycling world set on a level non-doping playing field. We know Contador was doping and we can theorize that Andy and Cadel may have dipped their hands into blood transfusion game. Maybe they all simply stopped after the mishaps of other veteran riders on the world tour? Froome is of a different breed. He is listed as a coming from Great Briton, but we all know he is really from Kenya. Maybe his fitness has nothing to do with performance enhancement of an unnatural kind, but simply by where he grew up. Kenya does produce some of the best runners known around the world. I am reading articles about how Kenyan cycling is on the up, maybe this part of the world will produce the next level of cycling. After all this happened in several other endurance sports. I know I am just going to put my eyes on athletes that come from North East Africa and middle Africa. I’m banking on riders from Eritrea, where cycling was introduced to the native population many years ago, or Kenya where the cycling is growing much faster than in western countries.