Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Reporter proves Biological Passport basically useless

…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.

via Reporter dopes to show how easy it is to evade drug tests | Public Radio International.

This is Vaughters’ story
December 10, 2013, 19:49
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…to explain why a team stacked with old dopers (who all claim to have stopped using just about exactly however many years ago matches the statute of limitations, by zany coincidence) has been so successful while doping is still an acknowledged issue in the sport:

Sponsorship keeps the whole operation going, And once you had that, the doping started to stop, the level came down a little bit and all of a sudden we started winning races.

via Colorado Cyclist Jonathan Vaughters dishes on The Armstrong Lie, doping and Lance.


Are you buying that?

Tour de France Haiku: Stage 15

Giant of Provence
I thought you were the baddest
But you got Froomered

Tour de France Haiku: Stage 9
July 8, 2013, 09:04
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Two thousand seven
After which nobody doped
Before which all did

Frozen Rats That Have Thawed For At Least Three Days

No, not Congress.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month said that Keystone’s proposed route across Nebraska put the endangered American burying beetle at risk. The agency said the black and orange-spotted insect could be spared, and the project move forward, if proper procedure is followed.

That means pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. (TRP) will have to trap and relocate the one-inch beetles, using frozen rats that have thawed for at least three days for maximum pungency, according to detailed protocols U.S. authorities have drawn up to protect the burrowing bug.

via Beetle-Bedeviled Keystone XL Needs Dead Rats to Let It Be – Bloomberg.

Rats are much maligned.

Talking is the Operative Term
May 18, 2013, 13:05
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Via Velonews: Armstrong, Vaughters talking about moving cycling forward.

uh huh

Moving cycling forward? Or, with their mutual everybody-quit-doping-in-2006 tall tale, consigning a new generation of young riders to the hell of having to take all the latest products and lie about it?

liked both of these guys a lot more when they were pedaling more and talking less.

VeloNews hails Di Luca defeat as good for cycling

This strikes me as hypocritical and simple-minded stuff from Neal Rogers, cheering Di Luca’s getting caught by young unknown riders who have yet to be caught in any doping dragnets.

Garmin is packed full of “riders with controversial pasts.” Let’s see if he has the same venom for them as they defend their Giro title.

While his move was bold, that Di Luca was unable to hold his attack on Tuesday is encouraging.

The day when the pro peloton is clear of suspicion will likely never materialize. However, the day when the peloton is clear of riders with controversial pasts may be only a few years away.

via Commentary: Why Battaglin’s Giro stage win matters.

Translation: Di Luca’s defeat helps us pretend that they’re not all still doping.


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