This is the normal protocoll used in Nederland with all the athletes, in order to check their situation.
I never was interested to know the rethyculocytes of some my athletes, and also in the case of Ronald, it was for me only a curiosity, without any practical effect.
And, for your info, also in the past, when I had the opportunity to carry out a lot of blood tests with athletes of several different Countries (the period from 1990 and 2003, when the University in Torino had a good budget for some research, and the reserachers were particularly interested to have data of African runners), never there was some research regarding rethyculocytes, that have importance only for discovering possibilities of blood doping.
So, in all the data I have, there are not rethyculocytes, off-scores, or something strange, but BASIC values that I wanted to know in the athletes in periods of NO training, of LITTLE training, of HARD training, and finally in top shape.
And is because all these data are EFFECTS of training that I can say the values are, ALL (including Hb and Hct), lower when athletes are in their top shape, than when rest and are off training.