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Re: The Secret Pro Blog
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 13:17 »
Is this the same Secret Pro who writes in Cyclesport? If so his articles are generally very informative and well written..

Though if I looked through all the editions I could piece together who he is..
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 13:20 »
    Is this the same Secret Pro who writes in Cyclesport? If so his articles are generally very informative and well written..

    Though if I looked through all the editions I could piece together who he is..

    No idea tbh 
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 13:28 »
    Really like this  :D

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    It’s disappointing too that people get on Twitter and speak their mind when they just don’t know. I use to room with a high profile rider and we were messing around one day by Googling his name. The first thing that came up with “*name of rider* doping”.  That’s absolutely horrible for him because he’s never ever had anything against him, and he’s a top guy, but that’s just how it is.
    Good to see another someone from the peloton asides from JV at least make an effort, though difference from being an anonymous blogger and actually interacting on twitter..


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    That’s not really fair on this generation of Pro’s, and I really think some of the journalists in the sport just don’t get it. They’re embarrassed by how they performed by the Lance Armstrong days and now they’ve just decided they’ll do a good job. It’s gonna take them a while to live that one down.

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    On the topic of the UCI points structure, Katusha is obviously pretty upset that they didn’t get their World Tour license approved. I don’t know any more than anyone else, but honestly, how the hell did they ever expect get a license? A lot of their riders are under investigation and the peloton talk is that they’re not exactly the most trustworthy team. They’re not the only team that has the finger pointed at them either.  In cycling, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

    Interesting to see this.

    Seems to be supporting UCI which I respect..

    Also he has already 1,600 twitter folllowers in just over a week I believe..
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 15:56 »
    I go Farrar.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 16:20 »
    That said, this whole secret thing. I find it ironic that the outspoken fans get critisised or its said their opinion doesnt count because they hide behind anonymity. And yet a pro who could write an interesting blog (and theres nothing in that blog apart from the katyusha thing that couldnt be written publicly), writes under the condition of anonymity.

    its a sad sign that the Omerta still clearly exists.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #6 on: December 20, 2012, 16:37 »
    Dim, I see your point re: Omerta, but let me throw this link out there for comparison.

    The Secret Footballer was an extremely popular column in the Guardian for two or three years, and managed to keep his identity under wraps despite a number of people (as you have done) running down every column for clues.

    I think it adds an air of mystique to the column, because you never know for sure whether you're reading the words of a world champion or bottle boy!

    And following someone on Twitter doesn't stop it being them... it could be a red herring

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  • He shook his head sadly and told me that endemic drug use had compelled him to give up a promising career. "Even one small local race, prize was a salami, and I see doping!" - Tim Moore: Gironimo (Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy)

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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 23:11 »
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  • Despite the self-serving data benders and associated propaganda to the contrary, I am led to believe that there are pockets of organised, highly sophisticated dopers, even within 'new age' cycling teams. Personally, I don't accept that the 'dark era' has ended, it has just morphed into a new guise.

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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012, 23:24 »
    I know who it is, and you'll never get it. Have a feeling it will be pretty obvious after two or three blogs.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #9 on: December 22, 2012, 00:28 »
    grunt
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #10 on: December 22, 2012, 00:48 »
    because nobody would read a blog by Christian Knees?!
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #11 on: December 22, 2012, 22:13 »
    I know who it is, and you'll never get it. Have a feeling it will be pretty obvious after two or three blogs.
    Really jealous  :P

    Did you work it out.. or inside info?
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #12 on: December 22, 2012, 22:38 »
    Adam Hanson or Simon Clarke
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #13 on: December 22, 2012, 22:42 »
    My first thought was Hansen but I am not so sure if he is Australian, as has been noted the grammar does possibly imply someone who's first language is not necessarily English

    He seems to be a bit too experienced imo to be Clarke..

    Though I would be really annoyed if he starts dropping false hints in order to maintain his anonymity :D

    And also a big welcome  :wave Psychling hope you enjoy the forum..

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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #14 on: December 22, 2012, 22:57 »
    froome19 we all know about deception in cycling so it wouldn't surprise me if the language was a little 'skewed' to protect anonymity. Ok the guy is a domestique and young, although experienced, and with seemingly nothing to hide. My gut feeling is that is an Aussie rider....
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #15 on: December 22, 2012, 23:00 »
    I dont think there are any false hints at all in the article, or his profile
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #16 on: December 22, 2012, 23:08 »
    Dim, fair enough so assuming the article is to be taken on face value...that would make a change. Thanks.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #17 on: December 22, 2012, 23:17 »
    I agree indeed that it could all be deception especially as the whole idea is to protect the identity and as Dim has said after a couple of blogs we would probably be able to work it out easily enough.

    If it is an Aussie then it is pretty easy to find as there are only around 30 Aussies in the WT (this must be a WT rider). Hansen would fit the mold, more so than Clarke though as a "grunt" rider..

    Yet problem is that Hansen does not truly fit in with this:
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    I can tell you a few things, but I won’t divulge any more. He is a Pro within the ranks of the top teams in world cycling. He has raced multiple Grand Tours, Classics and World Championships, and finished highly in some.
    I believe that part is genuine at least.

    Also the rider says he did not race in October and Hansen did.. though that could be a red herring tbh..

    I have a very detailed interview I recently read with Hansen and hopefully tomorow I will go comparing.

    Assuming the writer is Australian then it could be possibly (though they do not all fit into all criteria such as high placings)

    Timothy Roe
    Mathew Lloyd (though it would be bizzare and totally against anything I have ever read from him)
    Henderson
    Baden Cook
    Mitchell Docker
    Lancaster
    Sulzberger
    Brown
    Cantwell
    Roberts
    Tanner
    Hayman
    Sutton

    In truth I would doubt it is from Greenedge, but putting them down anyways..
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #18 on: December 22, 2012, 23:20 »
    Also the rider says he did not race in October

    I would say that part isnt entirely true.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #19 on: December 22, 2012, 23:22 »
    So taking what Dim said and considering that:

    Lancaster
    Brown
    Hayman

    If it is to be an Aussie

    Edit: Ah flip Dim now says the October part is not "necessarily true" that throws us of course again  :D
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #20 on: December 22, 2012, 23:28 »
    Well thinking about it, would say that leaves us with..

    Baden Cook
    Lancaster
    Brown
    Cantwell
    Roberts
    Hayman

    For the Aussies I think  :-[

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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #21 on: December 22, 2012, 23:28 »
     froome19 thanks for that clarification..have to say am pretty impressed with my first visit here. Getting responses from the admin is very enlightening. It is the first forum I have visited where you get a sense of objectivity and a genuine feel that people are interested in straight talking rather than satire and nuance (which increasingly am getting sick of). So well done, I look forward to further discussions... :)
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #22 on: December 22, 2012, 23:31 »
    PS have to say I thought the October thing was clearly a red herring
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #23 on: December 22, 2012, 23:34 »
    Great to hear Psychling.. to be honest I have always had an obsession with uncovering anonymous people's identities :-[ so I have no choice here but to dig up all the facts  :D

    PS have to say I thought the October thing was clearly a red herring
    I believe so, but I still think it rules anyone out who raced the Tour of Beijing. Though not Paris Tours or anyother races early on in that month.
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #24 on: December 22, 2012, 23:39 »
    I think you need to bear in mind some things might be lost in translation a little bit (one assumes its translated hence the ghost writer). Took October off, only raced Paris Tours where I was taking it easy, Ended the season in October, all pretty much the same tbh.

    And welcome Physch_ling, good to have you on board.. somewhere to spill over our twitter convos. And my admin tag means very little, just means I get the server bill and fix stuff when it goes wrong :D
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #25 on: December 22, 2012, 23:47 »
     :) thanks guys, why didn't I know about velorooms long ago...and to realise I have been trying to get blood out of a stone from Dim, haha, great site and congrats, feel like I have come home....
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #26 on: December 22, 2012, 23:50 »
    Need I remind you Dim that English speakers also use ghost writers (the list is long) so that may well be another red herring :)
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #27 on: December 22, 2012, 23:57 »
    Its not :P, or maybe it is :D
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    Re: The Secret Pro Blog
    « Reply #28 on: December 23, 2012, 00:35 »
     ::) you are so cruel..
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    « Reply #29 on: December 23, 2012, 02:26 »
    been on a plane but I think the rider is Steve Cummings

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