22 July, 2008

Doping positives being classified as negatives

The guy behind CSC and Astana's drug testing programs thinks many drug positives are being classed as negatives, letting many cheats compete--and this is across all sport.

Legalities 'lag behind doping work'
BBC News
by Rasmus Damsgaard, MD, PhD
I am aware of a handful of athletes with urine samples that contain artificial EPO (erythropoietin).  Nevertheless, these samples have been declared "negative" - the athletes have not even been accused and maybe never will...

Tour viewership up thanks to close race

Maybe clean races are more exciting.  An extra 200,000 Frenchmen are tuning into the Tour every day.

Tour de France: Vintage race of delicate power shifts leaves fans ...
Independent - London,England,UK
By Alasdair Fotheringham At 95 years old and counting, you would have
thought a venerable sporting institution like the Tour de France would have
seen it ...

"Clean" teams get ink from Christian Science Monitor

Guess others are starting to notice, too...

'Clean' squads in the hunt at Tour de France
Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA,USA
New York - Whatever hope the storied Tour de France had of avoiding doping
scandals this year has evaporated, with positive drug tests precipitating
the ...

AP says that acting guilty cost Ricco

According to AFLD, the French anti-doping agency, Riccardo Ricco tried to flee from testing officials after being notified he'd be tested on stage four.  That caused the AFLD to decide to test him every day.  Not that they needed to, as stage four was the test that counted.

Riccò tried to duck anti-doping officials during Tour de France
International Herald Tribune - France
AP JAUSIERS, France: Riccardo Riccò, a two-stage winner of the Tour de
France before being expelled for testing positive for the blood-booster
EPO, ...

FindingDulcinea gives reference material on doping

Never seen this site before.  They say their mission "is to bring users the best information on the Web for any topic, employing human insight and methodical review."  findingDulcinea apsires to be the "librarian of the internet age."

Tour de France Again Marred by Doping
findingDulcinea - New York,New York,USA
by Denis Cummings With Riccardo Ricco becoming the third rider to test
positive for a banned drug, the Tour de France has once again become
overshadowed by ...

A Free Demo of Pro Cycling Manager

Imagine yourself as the DS of the Euskatel team.  Download the demo and you can live the dream.

Pro Cycling Manager - Tour de France 2008 Demo
Gamers Hell - London,England,UK
Focus Home Interactive has released a playable demo for Pro Cycling Manager
- Tour de France 2008, allowing you to try out the PC version of this game