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

Michael Gallagher answers the phone. He’s upbeat, friendly, and happy to chat. The connection isn’t great — he’s in his car, speaking via hands-free, having just left work for the day. He’s in a new full-time job, as a building estimator — the same career he had before he became a full-time athlete. But since …

Book excerpt from Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports

Republished with permission of VeloPress from Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports by Mark Johnson. Read more about sports doping at www.spittinginthesoup.com. CHAPTER 20: MORAL DRIFT AND THE AMERICAN WAY The morality parable of dope-free sheep and drug-fiend wolves satisfies our innate need for order. Sorting the world into good and …

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The Female Secret Pro: Giro Rosa, La Course, and doping in the women’s peloton

For a couple years now, The Secret Pro has been providing an entertaining and informative perspective of life inside the professional men’s peloton. This season, we go inside the women’s peloton with posts from The Female Secret Pro (or should that be The SHEcret Pro?) As with The Secret Pro, our insider from the women’s …

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In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case

With recent news that Lizzie Armitstead has been provisionally suspended, which explained her absence at recent Women’s WorldTour events, the world champion saw herself caught up in a media frenzy, days after announcing to publish her autobiography this September. The 27-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider has kept quiet since the suspension started on July 11, until she spoke with the …

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Armitstead: ‘I can only tell you that I am a clean athlete and an honest person’

News broke yesterday that Armitstead’s absence at recent Women’s WorldTour events was due to a provisional suspension after being charged by the UK Anti-Doping agency for three missed anti-doping tests. The 27-year-old world champion faced a ban that would leave her out of the Olympic Games and out of competition for at least two years. …

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Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case

When Lizzie Armitstead didn’t line up for the past two Women’s WorldTour events in July, it didn’t seem to surprise anyone. She’s stated many times that her complete focus this summer would be on her preparations for the Olympic road race coming up on Sunday. But today we learned that the world champion was in fact …

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Blocked from Rio Games, Zakarin heading to Clasica San Sebastian instead

Tour de France stage winner Ilnur Zakarin is one of a number of Russians who have been prevented from competing in the Olympic Games, with the Katusha rider being removed from a plane which was about to take off for Rio on Thursday evening. According to chelny-izvest.ru, his coach Gumar Zakarievich said that he was …

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Rio Olympics: UCI makes decision on Russians to compete

The UCI has decided to go with the IOC rather that WADA in relation to permitting Russian riders to compete in the Olympic Games, shying away from the blanket ban that the latter advocated earlier this month. On July 18 WADA commented on the independent McLaren investigation which looked into claims of widespread doping by …

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Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping

“We can’t take cookies from strangers.” With ever more precise anti-doping tests, Cannondale pro speaks about everyday concerns about accidental positives. Regarded as a rider with a strong anti-doping stance, Phil Gaimon has spoken up for former Cannondale teammate Tom Danielson, who is currently fighting a case in this area. Danielson tested positive last year …

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Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over

Over ten years after 211 blood bags were seized in the Operacion Puerto raids in Madrid, Spain, the truth about their origin finally looks set to be revealed. A judge in the Provincial Court of Madrid has ruled on Tuesday that the blood bags should be handed over to the Spanish cycling federation, WADA, the …

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