Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 7, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month; Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’; Future of TJ Sport team uncertain; Doctor presents controversial article on dehydration and climbing power; Niels Albert on van Aert form and a Nys comeback; Tom Van Asbroeck to Cannondale-Drapac; Jason Lowndes signs for Cycling Academy Team; More speculation about 2017 Vuelta route; Louis Vuitton buys Pinarello; JLT–Condor unveils 2017 kit; State of Matter MAAP Racing to fold; Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38; Cyclist killed by truck ruled accidental due to use of headphones; Jens Keukeleire unique off-season training; Beach racing in Belgium.

Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’

by Matt de Neef

The news broke on September 2 when the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) revealed that Michael Gallagher had returned a positive out-of-competition test for EPO at a training camp in Italy in July. The news came as a great surprise, particularly to those in the Victorian cycling scene.

In the time since he returned his positive test, Gallagher has spoken to ASADA and told them everything he can. He’s explained how he doped alone — “If you’re to let anyone know, the chances of it all falling over are [higher]” — how it was only EPO he took, how he obtained the banned substance, how he avoided testers, and much more. Gallagher spoke in great detail with CyclingTips about his story. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

While Gallagher’s decision to take EPO has almost certainly spelled the end of his career as a full-time cyclist he’s not disappointed he was found out. “For me going forward it’s a good thing, for my life, that I got caught,” Gallagher said. “I’m not annoyed I’m caught; I am annoyed that it became an option.”

Gallagher admits he wouldn’t have stopped if he hadn’t been caught. While his plan had been to stop doping in the six weeks directly before Rio, he’s convinced he would have continued on afterwards. Indeed, with his haematocrit at 47.7, compared to the highest mark of 45.9 he’d achieved while clean, he says “There was still scope to take more with no health risks and stay under 50 …”

“Definitely, I wouldn’t have stopped,” he admits. “My first intention was to stop after the first load — ‘I’ll just get myself going out of this slump of motivation and stop’ — but once you’re there it’s like … It just becomes your standard preparation. Who knows where it would have led.”

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