Sport Tour de France: Anti-doping expert has doubts about Pogacar: "That makes one suspicious"

12:40  23 september  2020
12:40  23 september  2020 Source:   spox.com

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Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar surprised experts and fans with his triumphant drive. Anti-doping expert Fritz Sörgel, however, has doubts about the Slovene's sexplosion.

Tadej Pogacar fuhr am vorletzten Tag mit einer phänomenalen Zeit im Einzelzeitfahren ins Gelbe Trikot. © Provided by SPOX Tadej Pogacar drove into the yellow jersey on the penultimate day with a phenomenal time in the individual time trial.

Pogacar set several records in his surprising success at the Tour of France, where he caught his compatriot Primoz Roglic on the penultimate stage. Among other things, the 22-year-old since Monday was the youngest winner since 1904 and the first debutant since Laurent Fignon in 1983 to win the tour. A development that also calls skeptical observers like Sörgel onto the scene.

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"Of course, it is generally true that Pogacar has not yet been proven to be doping. But it is very unusual for someone at that age to step on such watts. That naturally makes one suspicious" said the head of the Institute for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremberg in an interview with SPOX.

"Actually one assumes that you need a bit of maturity in cycling before you are capable of such achievements. Such values ​​have been achieved by Lance Armstrong, Jan Ulrich, Marco Pantani and most recently by the Sky Team, where not everything is known has been received perfectly, "he explained.

Pogacar was faster than any other driver in Tour history in his day's victory on the 8th stage to the 1569 meter high Col de Peyresourde in the Pyrenees and had achieved an output of 430 watts during the 24-minute climb, which, converted to its weight, was an average of 6.5 watts per kilogram.

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Tadej Pogacar entriss seinen Landsmann Primoz Roglic beim Einzelzeitfahren auf der vorletzten Etappe der Tour de France das Gelbe Trikot. © Provided by SPOX Tadej Pogacar tore his compatriot Primoz Roglic from his yellow jersey during the individual time trial on the penultimate stage of the Tour de France. Tour de France: Only Armstrong and Pantani had better values ​​than Pogacar

While Pogacar uploaded this value to the Strava tracking platform, there are only estimates of his outstanding performance in the decisive victory in the final mountain time trial in the yellow jersey. However, experts assume that Pogacar also converted at least 6.5 watts per kilogram there, probably even a little more. As one can see from a graphic of the Spiegel , only the convicted dopers Lance Armstrong (7.0 watt / kg / tour 2004) and Marco Pantani (6.8 watt / kg / tour 1997) ever achieved higher values.

The praise from Armstrong, who had all seven Tour victories denied for manipulation, seemed appropriately poisoned for Pogacar. "It was one of the best performances we have ever seen in cycling," wrote the American on Twitter .

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sports doctor Sörgel admits that there can be exceptional talent in cycling even at a young age, but several indicators feed his doubts: "You can see in the doping process against Mark Schmidt, which is currently going on in Munich, that Slovenia plays a certain role and you can see many parallels to earlier doping developments in cycling in Germany, England or the USA. In these countries the ambition was clearly to distinguish oneself in cycling, if necessary with unfair means. "

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As evidence of his thesis, he expose two Slovenian drivers as customers of doping doctor Schmidt and the previous bans against eight of the 19 Slovenes who have participated in the past eleven years World Tour drove for taking illegal substances.

In addition, Sörgel sees "many responsible persons who have a doping history" in Pogacar's environment. For example Mauro Gianetti, today the team boss of Pogacar's UAE team and formerly boss of the scandal-ridden Saunier Duval team, whose captain Riccardo Ricco was convicted of doping during the 2008 tour. Or Pogacar's compatriot, explorer and national coach Andrej Hauptmann, who was suspected several times as a professional and was not allowed to tour in 2000 due to abnormal values, among other things.

These clues are not proof of Pogacar's dishonest machinations. In view of his outstanding achievements and the history of doping in cycling, however, the new shooting star will have to live with the doubts for the time being. "Let's hope that we can still look forward to this incredible performance in five years' time," said the former tour driver Jens Voigt at Eurosport .

Tour de France 2020: Overall rankingPlaceDriverNationTeamTime1Tadej PogacarSLOUAE EMIRATES TEAM84: 26: 33 hours2Primoz RoglicSLOJUMBO-VISMA + 0: 593Richie PorteAUSTREK-SEGAFREDO + 3: 304Mikel LandaESPBAHRAIN + 5: 6MPigMOVIKEL LandaESPBAHRAIN7 + 5MPigMOVE-07: TEAMASPBAHRAIN7 + 5MPigMARES Lopom DumoulinNEDJUMBO-VISMA + 7: 488Rigoberto UranCOLEF PRO CYCLING + 8: 029Adam YatesGBRMITCHELTON-SCOTT + 9: 2510Damiano CarusoITABAHRAIN-MCLAREN + 14: 03

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