February 26, 2004
UCI compiling a blacklist of possible dopers
Reuters quotes the UCI’s lead doctor, Mario Zorzoli:
Zorzoli said the UCI would intensify random out-of-competition testing on suspect riders. The UCI will also use the medical records of riders gathered since 1999 and could ban riders with abnormal results from competing.
Predictable response from coaches:
Most team chiefs welcomed the new plan, saying it was time for the sport to clean up its act.
"It's going in the right direction. It was ridiculous that riders who had been not been racing should return stronger than others who had kept racing," said FDJeux.com team chief Marc Madiot.
Zorzoli also points out that anti-doping countermeasures are available much more quickly than they once were:
"Thanks to chemists and pharmacists, we have been able to detect some products like RSR13, Nesp or Aranesp even before they were on the market," he said.
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Why has the Tour De France failed to look for RSR-13 in their drug tests. Lance Armstrong is sponsored by the parent company of Allos, manufacturer of RSR-13. He learned of it during his Cancer treatment. Cancer treatment is RSR-13's intended use. It would explain the changes in Lances cycling style and ability in his post cancer comeback. I guess he Tour is scared of another drug scandel, and the good ole USA loves a winner no matter how much of a lack of charcter they have.
Posted by: Thomas Knox at Jul 19, 2004 1:07:01 AM
Once again one (Thomas Knox) does not look beyond Armstrongs recent achievements to see a pre cancer young upcoming super star. As a teen he was beating the worlds best triathletes and winning world championships. Get over it.
Posted by: Eric Sohl at Jun 30, 2006 9:58:33 AM