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by Mark Zalewski
March 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win; Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico; Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico; Report into British Cycling to confirm a ‘culture of fear’; Brailsford has no intention of quitting Team Sky; Longo Borghini alters schedule to race Ronde van Drenthe; Bouhanni to race Nokere Koerse; New stage race set for South Africa in early 2018; USA Cycling moves cyclocross nationals back to December date for 2018; WADA could add caffeine to prohibited list; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 6 highlights; One-Legged BMXer Julián Molina shreds harder than you.
Caffeine is currently on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s waiting list of prohibited substances, and could potentially make it on to the officially banned list sometime this year. But before you start researching decaffeinated espresso options, WADA says that it takes into account the normal use of substances like caffeine in food and drink.
Coffee and bikes go together like … well, coffee and bikes!
“Generally speaking, WADA is extremely careful that normal food consumption does not interfere with anti-doping tests,” WADA spokeswoman Maggie Durand said Tuesday.
WADA sets thresholds for these kinds of substances to prevent normal usage resulting in positive tests. Caffeine was previously a banned substance but was removed in 2003 because that threshold was determined to be too low — about the equivalent of drinking eight shots of espresso. WADA is currently re-examining the use of caffeine for performance enhancement, with the results of their study due in September.
However, if it does put caffeine back on the list the threshold should be higher than before, and likely not to threaten even the most serious coffee user.
As well, research into caffeine use by athletes suggests that extremely high ingestion would actually result in a detriment to performance.
Click through to read more at the Washington Post.