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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

No More Heroes?

CNN is reporting that :

"A French newspaper says Lance Armstrong used the performance-enhancing drug EPO to help win his first Tour de France in 1999, a report the seven-time Tour winner vehemently denied.

The paper's investigation was based solely on B samples -- the second of two samples used in doping tests. The A samples were used up in 1999 for analysis at the time.

The governing body of world cycling did not begin using a urine test for EPO until 2001. For years, it had been impossible to detect the drug, called erythropoietin, which builds endurance by boosting the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells.

EPO tests on the 1999 B urine samples were not carried out until last year, when scientists performed research on them to fine-tune EPO testing methods, the paper said.

The national anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry, which developed the EPO test and analyzed the urine samples in question, said it could not confirm that the positive EPO results were Armstrong's.

It noted that the samples were anonymous, bearing only a a six-digit number to identify the rider, and could not be matched with the name of any one cyclist.

However, L'Equipe said it was able to make the match. It printed photos of what it said were official doping documents. On one side of the page, it showed what it said were the results of EPO tests from anonymous riders used for lab research. On the other, it showed Armstrong's medical certificates, signed by doctors and riders after doping tests -- and bearing the same identifying number printed on the results."

I am disheartened at the thought that this may be true.


Blogger lad said...

I hope that it's false. Lance is all we have left.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lance is all we have left..." Jesus, what a stupid thing to say.

5:26 PM  
Blogger The Awful Writer said...

Man, I really hope this isn't true.

8:02 PM  
Blogger The Moviequill said...

what's funny is their B-samples taste exactly like their prized Chardonnay that year

5:15 AM  
Anonymous The Constipated Writer said...

I'm positive it will be true. It seems to fit to easily. Of course, anytime someone exceeds expectations ten-fold, I have always assumed they're juicing.


8:28 PM  
Blogger TN_Dreamer said...

yes, I do think it's true. It was such a long way for him to come, from cancer-ridden body to Tour-de-France-winner in a just a couple of years.

7:30 AM  
Blogger John Donald Carlucci said...

The world has killed all of our heroes and we can't help but be cynical.

I don't want to believe it, but I do.


11:00 AM  

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