July 25, 2007
L'Equipe reports another positive
We'll have another positive test result announced a little bit later. L'Equipe reports that one of the samples collected after Stage 11 tested positive for high levels of testosterone, and that it has already been run through an IRMS test to check for exogenous testosterone. Reportedly, the IRMS suggests a man-made source.
Two riders who would have automatically been tested after Stage 11 were stage winner Robbie Hunter and yellow jersey Michael Rasmussen, but a number of other riders were randomly selected for testing, as well.
The rider's name is to be announced at 1500 CET, which I make to be 10 a.m. Eastern. Update: CyclingNews has updated their story to note that no announcement was made. Could it be another Astana? Or do they not want the spectacle of pulling a rider off the course, even though they risk tarnishing another stage?
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Posted by: John at Jul 25, 2007 11:46:09 AM
Can we have exposure of the science behind testing for exogenous testosterone? This is the future of sportsmen we are concerned with so phrases like "suggests" and " a high probability" are not enough enough in a fair society to convict a man. I also thought the B sample would be tested before a suspension or allegation was made in general.
Overall I think the UCI and the Tour management are the real villains in most of this mess.
Posted by: MadTrapper at Jul 25, 2007 12:03:43 PM
With all of these leaked results, do we again have an out of control laboratory?
Posted by: Roberts at Jul 25, 2007 12:35:37 PM
I think we have an out of control lab that refuses to follow reporting procedures. They are the ones that should be suspended for 2 years and another lab should be used for testing. I just don't trust a lab that appears to be trying to make headlines with leaked positives. If the Tour wants to continue, it needs to get its lab testing in line as well as its riders.
Posted by: Philip at Jul 25, 2007 1:16:52 PM