Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Gilbert wins stage at Tour de Luxembourg; Pujol climbs to Mt. Fuji win in Tour of Japan; Chicchi fastest in Boucles de la Mayenne stage 1; GP Gatineau: Wells wins road race, Neben fastest in time trial; UCI strengthens code of ethics, establishes term limits; After head of its Anti-Doping Committee challenges existing regulations, USA Cycling cuts ties; Russian track cyclist tests positive from London Olympics; Professional Cyclist Association calls for new safety measures; Calls for Belgian lottery to sell team; Investigation finds carbon fork failure caused cyclist death; Amgen Tour of California by the numbers; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data; Sam Bennett rocks the training ride

After head of its Anti-Doping Committee challenges existing regulations, USA Cycling cuts ties

by Neal Rogers

In April, USA Cycling asked University of Stirling academic Dr. Paul Dimeo to chair its Anti-Doping Committee, a new advisory board set up to support USA Cycling it is efforts to “reduce banned doping practices within amateur and professional cycling in America.”

This week, USA Cycling asked Dimeo to step down, after comments made to the London Times suggesting that the use of erythropoietin (EPO) could be used safely to boost athletes’ recovery and performance.

Dimeo, a senior lecturer at the University of Stirling, and author of A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876-1976, told the Times in a May 27 article that many regulations set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) are outdated and ineffective.

“What made sense [in the 20th century] is no longer viable, practically or idealistically,” Dimeo told the Times. “We now live in a world of technology, commerce and performance, where drugs could be safely used for recovery and performance if only the rules were relaxed. Of course, people will react with dismay. But it is time that we had a proper 21st-century debate on the issue, rather than sticking to what was set in stone almost 60 years ago.”

In the interview, Dimeo suggested that EPO could be used to aid recovery, citing studies which state that low doses of EPO improve cardiac function, and also questioned the banned use of blood transfusions, which boost oxygen-carrying capacity.

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