Is Horner's Vuelta win believeable, in terms of clean racing, in your opinion?

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Re: Chris Horner
« Reply #420 on: June 04, 2019, 02:44 »

In conclusion:

I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Seeing as it was all Twitter-based, it only seems right to include at least one Tweet from the main man himself, from back then, as a sort of bookend to all of this.

In response to the growing and obvious skepticism surrounding his astounding achievement, Chris Horner announced the release of his Bio-passport data from 2008 to 2013.
(25 Sep 2013)


Quite recently, and just as my own interest in this topic had been reignited, a brief exchange, yet again on Twitter, would prove to be most illuminating. In a couple of Tweets and responses that would tie back to that memorable 2013 Vuelta, six years later there is still nothing but positive energy and mutual respect between these two veteran warriors of the road: (4 May 2019)


Additional reading and references:

Interesting discussion between JV and Neil Rogers (2 Sep 2013)
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Cycling journalist Andrew Hood generally singing the praises of Chris Horner:

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    Re: Chris Horner
    « Reply #421 on: July 31, 2019, 20:15 »
    Horner's is an odd case, isn't it?

    I don't think anyone really believed in him and it was probably a sort of groupthink where even the folks on the fence were waiting for their peers to come out on the topic one way or another. In the end it seems post-Armstrong to have been politic not to say anything at all.

    It is hard to think of a Grand Tour where so little has been said about it. Even his Wikipedia page is rather perfunctory about it. Perhaps it was also for the best where the Vuelta itself was concerned. The race badly needed credibility after a string of iffy editions: Xacobeo shame, the Cobo-Froome Charade and Contador's Revenge topped off by this particular geriatric hat-trick.

    Nobody would touch the guy except Lampre: he was radioactive. I thought that said more than mere silence. He released his bio-passport data and, to nobody's surprise, it all but proved he was off the charts. There was seemingly nothing left to call out. People found Sky more worth their invective. And he quickly faded into irrelevance, a Grand Tour winner.

    Will he go the same way as Cobo? Perhaps. Maybe they will wait for Nibali to retire unblemished first.
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