Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike racing, biological passport, cheaters, cheating, cycling, doping, EPO, Garmin-Cannondale, micro-dosing, Vaughters
…except for PR purposes.
“We’d been hearing that the athletes biological passport, which is the latest tool in the fight against doping, is not quite as sensitive as people might want to think,” he says. “What we decided to do, with me being an amateur athlete, is put this passport to the test.”
He writes:It would last for 14 weeks, and have three phases. I would have my blood taken once a week and sent off to a lab for analysis. A doctor would monitor my health throughout.Baseline – weeks 1-3: establish what my “normal” blood levels are. Performance test at end of week 3Loading – weeks 4-10: undergo a program of between 2-3 micro-dose injections of EPO per week. Each injection would be supervised. Performance test at end of week 10Washout – weeks 11-14: critical phase of the experiment, when I stop taking EPO and the passport is meant to be most effective.The plan was to collect 14 blood analyses and have them put through the biological passport software to see if it would catch me.
But he wasnt testing to see if EPO works. He knows it works. He wanted to see if he could get away with doping. He took blood samples each week and sent them to have them analyzed and placed into a biological passport. “And the truth is, I was able to sail through the tests. I got away with it,” he says.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike racing, doping, Lance Armstrong, pro cycling, Sheryl Crow, USADA, wheelmen
According to an excerpt from a new book, Sheryl Crow witnessed Lance Armstrong receive a blood transfusion in 2004 and told federal investigators about in 2011.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike racing, Cadel Evans, Chris Horner, Nibali, Radio Shack, Schleck, sports, TDF, Tour de France, Wiggins
Sure looked like it to me.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, bike racing, biking, cycling, dopers, EPO, Fabian Cancellara, PEDs, prologue time trial, stage racing, TDF, Tour de France, TT
…TDF IS ON… somewhere …
There were murmurs that Cancellara was no longer the powerhouse he used to be, his legs slowing as younger riders developed, and despite uncertainty within his team surrounding missed wages and in-fighting, the experience and most importantly the power were there for all to see in Liège.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bike racing, cross country, Georgia Gould, London, mountain bike, mountain biking, Olympics, XC
… says that UCI winnings for cyclocross races were ten times more for elite men than they were for elite women.
“This looks like a pretty strong case of discrimination,” Gould said. “I understand men’s fields are deeper. There are more guys racing. OK, you don’t make it equal 20 places deep. But the top few people? You don’t get a discount like, ‘Oh, you’ve got (breasts). You pay less for your plane ticket.’ Or when I buy my license from the UCI, they’re not, like, ‘Oh, you’re a woman. You pay 10 percent of what the men pay.’ I train just as hard. You don’t go the same distance.
“‘Oh, you’ve got (breasts)'” is among best ever newspaper quotations, lovin’ those parentheses.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle racing, bike racing, Canada, chipotle, cycling, former mountain biker, Garmin-Cervelo, Giro d'Italia, mountain bike, mountain biking, MTB, Ryder Hesjedal, Tour of Italy, Vaughters, xc world champ
“His biggest strength is his ability to do a gut check and dig deep when there’s no hope,” Vaughters said. “He’s also a little bit stubborn, which can be frustrating at times.”
No hope, he says, after the guy wins the Giro. I hope Hesjedal steps up his frustration of Vaughters.
The sports guys are impressed that a “former mountain biker” won the Giro. Seem to have momentarily forgotten about Cadel Evans, also an xc world champ. The novelty of mountain bikers winning major road races wore off long ago among those involved in the actual races.