doping

The curious case of Oscar74: How USADA nabbed a masters doper

This story begins with a doorbell sounding in a residential neighborhood. It is a Saturday morning in December, and the sun has not yet risen in Reno, Nevada. Some time passes before the door is answered. Those are moments that, in retrospect, become the last seconds before one’s life is changed forever. The door swings […]

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Report: Doctor claims he gave British Tour de France riders and other sportspeople banned substances

A British doctor has claimed that he provided unnamed British Tour de France riders plus other sporting clients with performance-enhancing drugs, according to a major Sunday Times story. The story quoted the doctor in question, Mark Bonar, as saying that he helped the athletes obtain the substances, which are forbidden under anti-doping rules. The 38 […]

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A potential new method of performance-enhancement: ultrasound and platelet-rich plasma

If there’s one thing we can learn from the history of professional cycling, it’s that there will always be riders that are willing to take risks and break rules to get an edge over their rivals. Whether it’s via good old-fashioned EPO, the use of a hidden motor, “oxygen in a pill”, or something else […]

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Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Guardini takes his third stage victory of 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi; Record 10 WorldTour teams plus some big names confirmed for 2016 Tour of California; UCI hails high demand from organisers for WorldTour licences for 2017; French anti-doping threatened by budget cuts; Battle on the Border […]

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French anti-doping threatened by budget cuts

A serious drop in the money paid by the French Ministry for Sports to finance the fight against doping has caused a grave threat to French cycling. According to Direct Velo, French cycling federation doctor Armand Mégret has warned about the situation, saying that the longitudinal study carried out on riders to monitor their parameters […]

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After UCI’s Katusha decision, what next for Paolini?

The situation surrounding Luca Paolini’s positive test for cocaine at last year’s Tour de France is undoubtedly a complicated one. Tuesday’s decision by the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission, to waive a potential suspension of the Katusha team over the positive cases involving Luca Paolini and Eduard Vorganov, prompted a fair amount of questions — and debate. […]

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Marianne Vos on mechanical doping: ‘There is no coming back from this for Femke’

When on Saturday in Zolder the news broke that “technical fraud” may have been committed by cyclocross racer Femke van den Driessche, former seven-time cyclocross world champion Marianne Vos was still in the press building. She had delivered race commentary for a Dutch news service and was on her way out when UCI officials released […]

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UCI announces Kocjan positive EPO test dating back to 2012

The 2014 Philadelphia International Championship runner-up Jure Kocjan has tested positive for EPO in a retroactive test carried out, according to the UCI. The governing body announced the news Monday in its online list of suspended riders, although details were minimal. It named the substance and also listed the date of the test, which was […]

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Responding to news of his positive test, Caja Rural rider claims innocence and blames contamination

One day after it was revealed he had tested positive a mere three days into his pro career with the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team, the Spanish rider Alberto Gallego has insisted on his innocence in an open letter. Sent to the BiciCiclismo website, Gallego rejects any suggestions that he deliberately took stanozolol, which is the […]

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Two year doping ban for former pro Boogerd, who must step back from work with current team

Having admitted almost three years ago to a long period of doping during his career, Michael Boogerd has been sanctioned by the UCI and handed a two year suspension. In March 2013 he told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that he had used EPO, cortisone and blood transfusions during the period 1997 to 2007. “I’m sorry […]