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by Mark Zalewski
July 30, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valgren wins stage and takes over lead at Tour of Denmark; Gavazzi wins stage 2 in Portugal; Vasylyuk wins Qinghai Lake time trial; New gene doping test to be retroactively applied to Rio Olympic samples; UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed; Contador already back in action on Saturday; UCI President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions; Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics; Can success be bought in pro cycling? A look at team budgets and the value equation; Sagan signing to launch BORA team to WorldTour; The cost of being an Olympian; Racers finish Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Focus on La Course by Le Tour de France; BORA-Argon18’s 10th rider
Athletes bound for the Rio Olympic Games who have benefited from gene doping will face the threat of being exposed due to a new test which has been developed by Australian researchers.
Days before the Rio Games start, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that it plans to use a new test for the hitherto-undetectable form of doping.
IOC Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press that the new test will be used once it has been validated by the World Anti Doping Agency. That won’t happen prior to the Games, and so he said that the test will be applied to post-Rio retests.
“The samples collected in Rio will at some point be tested for gene doping, but we have a principle, we will not put in place a test that hasn’t actually been used yet by a WADA-accredited laboratory,” he said.
The test has been developed in order to detect athletes who have artificially adjusted their DNA via synthetic genes. These genes work to increase the body’s natural production of EPO, which in turn brings about an increase in red blood cells.
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