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July 15, 2004

VeloNews editor: sport still rife with doping

NPR audio | Tour de France Riders Ousted Amid Doping Charges

NPR's Eric Niiler talked to Charles Pelkey, news editor of VeloNews, about cycling and doping. Pelkey quotes riders that EPO can make a 10-15% difference in performance.

"On a mountain, when they're climbing at a steady rate, they're probably putting out 350-400 watts. If you boost that by 60 watts, suddenly you've got the difference between winning and losing."

Said Pelkey, "I think the sport is still rife with doping problems, I think that enforcement is still a big question, and I don't think that testing is as effective as people would like."

They also discuss the riders already banned this year, and the riders who weren't even allowed to start the race.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 15, 2004 in About the Tour, Doping | Permalink