anti-dopage
  • Joseph McCarthy

    Why not test previous tours also that they stored samples from 3-4 years back?

  • Derek Maher

    This whole doping thing is going around in circles.The UCI are spending a fortune chasing their tails and getting nothing but bad publicity as each new story breaks.The UCI lost money last year and if they continue to chase the dragon will go broke in the end.Just maybe they should cut loose from pro road racing and concentrate on other facets of cycling and let pro road racing be run by others who will promote it as a road show spectacle for the fans to watch and enjoy it for what it is good and bad.

    • Whippet

      I came to a very similar conclusion several years ago Derek. “Chasing the Dragon” is an interesting analogy. Perhaps they should give up on the doping crusade and just leave those matters to the police. Pro cycling had nearly a century where drugs were not considered an issue. It was only the death of Tom Simpson in the 60s that led to doping controls. They have always been ostensibly aimed at rider safety. Leaving the safety to doctors, and the legal issues to the police, the UCI might be able to focus on cycling as entertainment. I don’t lightly advocate leaving the doping issue behind, but the cat & mouse, cop & robber nature of doping will not end in a good result for cycling.

      • Sean Doyle

        Ill stop watching completely if it comes to that.

        • Whippet

          Why?

          • Sean Doyle

            Have no interest in drug fueled robots racing up the alps at 30kph. It comes down to an arms race of the drug companies and removes any notion of sport from the sport. You can argue that it’s entertainment run by money anyway but at the end of the day thesr guys are humans who have families and a life after cycling to consider. To ask them to stick that shit in their bodies because ‘it’s too hard to police’ is a crock of lazy shit. Added to that kids will grow up thinking the only way to success is to stick a needle in their arms. Think about the implication to society if that mindset became rigeur de jour. Sport has a major influence of society and already we see issues with PED use in junior sports. What an incredibly unhealthy future it would produce.

  • Arezzo

    This isn’t very clear. Was this a prohibited substance before the races in question, or are they making these substances illegal retroactively as they discover them?

    • Sean Doyle

      Anything that manipulates blood is illegal. Doesn’t have to be a specific drug.

      • Arezzo

        That ought to include sugar and oxygen.

        • Sean Doyle

          Really? Ok Ill bite. Oxygen doesn’t manipulate blood. Sugar doesn’t really either then. But blood boosters like the above mentioned change the blood make up by increasing red blood cells. The reason they are banned is because if used in amounts big enough they can cause the blood to be too thick and cause death. They only ban stuff that has the potential to cause bad medical outcomes. Yes I know the come back to that is they should ban training as it’s shown long term elite aerobic athletes are potentially damaging their heart and shortening their life span. The world is a complicated place.

          • Arezzo

            “Nicknamed oxygen in a pill, FG-4592 …”

            • Blake

              Arezzo, You’re right. You’re ignorance of doping methods and language in the WADA list will now be the benchmark by which we judge doping cases. “Arezzo, do you understand it?” “Sounds like a crock to me! I’ve even got this news article quote I’ve taken out of context to prove it!” “Well, I guess you’re free to go.”

              • Arezzo

                Speaking of ignorance of language, the possessive pronoun is “your.”

                • Blake

                  Cool, you got me. Congratulations. Now if you would read the articles as carefully…

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