up the dirt roads of the Colle delle Finestre (2178m)

Giro d'Italia 2015
stage 20: Saint Vincent - Sestriere (199km)
  • Neuron1

    Micheal Ashenden showed this years ago in a paper he published titled, “Current markers of the Athlete Biological Passport do not flag micro dose EPO doping”, it just didn’t get the press that these news reports do. Not being allowed to test between 2300 and 0600 is adequate window to clear small doses of EPO and the change in reticulocyte count is small enough that the blood profile does not fall outside the established parameters. More work to do, but the testing seem to have put a damper on the old style wild west doping of the 1990 and 2000’s.

    • velocite

      I would have liked to read the Ashenden (et al) paper but it’s on PubMed so you can only get the abstract. There’s a brief commentary here:http://marcocardinale.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/current-markers-of-athlete-blood.html.

      This paper was published in 2011, about 4 years ago. I think what it concluded was that the ABP software could not flag EPO micro dosing. I wonder what it recommended? Did Ashenden think that the software needed work, or did he think the ABP as a concept could not pick up EPO micro dosing?

      Given Michael Ashenden’s profile and previous roles it seems odd that WADA would be reacting to a BBC program about a problem that he flagged four years ago. Gives an impression that the campaign against doping is not as co-ordinated as it needs to be.

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        • velocite

          Thanks. How do you do that? Anyhow, read the paper. Couldn’t follow many of the numbers, of course, but it was still interesting. Here’s my take home quote:

          “Given that at least one microdosing strategy can be utilised without being flagged by the ABP software, conventional urinalyses will remain a crucial and perhaps the only avenue open to authorities to remedy microdosing.”

  • Whippet

    The Movement for Credible Cycling appears to be less credible with each passing year. Many of the strongest world tour teams have never joined. Some teams leave the group when they come up against the rules they voluntarily chose to follow. And, despite doping convictions for some of their riders, Astana and Katusha remain in the group. Incredible.

    • Nitro

      100% Agreed.

      I have it on good authority though that this has been discussed internally within the group.

      Sticking point seems to be that they cant get universal agreement for the acronym change to “MTMILLWSADCBNRWIDSOT”
      (“Movement To Make It Look Like We’re Serious About Doping Controls But Not Really When It Doesn’t Suit Our Team”)

    • velocite

      As a team-initiated move against doping the MPCC seemed to be a positive step, but clearly Bardiani signed on as a marketing exercise. Pathetic.

  • Kieran Degan

    Go Caleb. Should rack up a couple of wins there. No chance on the GC. Everyone knows Tabriz Petrochemical owns these Level 2 race. My money is on Mirsamad P. Such a powerful GC rider. I can’t quite understand why he hasn’t got a spot on a World Tour team.

  • velocite

    That Going to the Sun Road certainly looks mind blowingly spectacular. After a quick Google, I’m not sure what kind of trip that ride would fit into, as in where would you stay and what other road rides are available nearby. Anyone from Aus done it and got advice/tips?

  • velocite

    I quite like your oft-used ‘anti dopage’ pic, but perhaps you could add some interest with some variations?

    • Dave

      What, the rotation of three (the other two are the caravan, and the bloke with the clipboard) isn’t enough?

      • velocite

        Pic of Lance would do it.

        • Sean Doyle

          But he was pro doping!

          • velocite

            Ah! Now I get it.

      • Jeez, you lot are hard to please. ;) Point taken.

  • velocite

    Interesting comments by Evans about Porte. I’m fascinated by the ‘off day’ theory about his suitability for grand tours. Is it thought to be physiological or psychological? Does it affect other riders?

  • Nik Martin

    Beautiful scenery in the Hampsten video but…..what is it with retro bikes, Rapha kit and the reluctance to wear a helmet. Yeah, I know Merckx wore a Belgian beanie instead of a helmet, but he didn’t have the choice. Nowadays it just makes you look like a bit of a vain try-hard, especially when descending a mountain in poor conditions.

    • Shane

      Was just thinking the same!

    • Derek Maher

      Nice vidio,I disagree about the guys not wearing mushroom helmets.Many of us still don’t use them given a choice.They are akward uncomfortable things and are not worth a light when it comes to it.The pro,s fought for years not to have to wear them but business interests won out and riders have still lost their lives.Wearing them should be a matter of choice.

      • Nik Martin

        Well, you’ve proven my point with “the pros wouldn’t do it so why should I”. I’m not even going to go into why taking heath advice from pros is just ridiculous. Yeah, it’s not ideal to have to put something on your head, but they are definitely worth it. Believe me – when I came off my bike a month ago and went head-first into a tree, the only reason I wasn’t seriously injured was because I was wearing a helmet. Looking at the cracks in the helmet afterwards I’m certain that I’d have had some pretty substantial trauma to my skull. And I like my brain. You are right though – it’s your choice, but to pardon the pun, a bit of a no-brainer.

    • Ritch

      “… when you’re cycling… you’re immersed in the outside… you can feel the wind, every ripple of the road… it’s like a totally zen experience that you can only capture with Rapha kit… time lapse and some soft focus… hear the ambient soundtrack… the pauses between phrases… … and imagine… that apart from the scenery… this is the same video as thousands in the genre… fade to black, brand name, website, hashtag…”

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