iakobos
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Pro Cycling - The Saga Continues

Tue Oct 04, 2005 2:01 am

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/939234/6/

Following up on what started as "the French, worst losers ?" a couple of events have unfolded or will unfold soon that are worth mentioning.

Pat Mac Quaid, Hein Verbruggen's protégé, has been elected new President of the UCI. The face changes, the same politics will probably prevail, business is the priority, not fair races, not athletes' health.

In one week, 11 Belgians will appear in court, likely to hear that their case will be judged on the penal. (three of them were already suspended - 4 years - by the sport's federation last year).

Who are they ?
A vet, well known as a major source of supplies in several sports esp. cycling and horse racing
A physio
Two middle persons
Seven pro riders, including former world champ, twice UCI champ and multiple major classics winner Johan Museeuw (2x Paris-Roubaix & 2 x Tour of Flanders among others), first class rider Jo Planckaert, three times cyclo-cross world champion Mario Declerq and less known figures.

What are they accused of ?
Following extensive police investigations carried during 2002 and 2003, a number of illicit practices and products have been either discovered or irrefutable availability recorded.

The list of products would impress any hospital in the geriatric, cancer, dialysis and a couple of other departments. Learn:

EPO
Aranesp (extract from Chinese hamster ovary-used for kidney diseases)
Eprex (from mamals - used for patients with cancer)
NeoRecormon

Hormones
Pregnyl (extract from women placenta)
Somatropin (growth hormone)
Geref 50 (growth hormone)
melatonine (neuro-hormone)
DHEA (also called the "super hormone" or "the mother of all hormones")

Steroids/corticoids
Synachten (a popular cortico-steroid known in the peloton as "Dr X's candy")
Diprophos (gluco-corticoid)
Celestone (same)
Solar Cortef (same)
Dexomethasone (corticoid)
Osandrolone (anabolic steroid)
Methyltestosterone (same)
Undestor (testosterone also known as Andriol)

Bronchodilator
Salbutamol (also known as Ephedrine)

A few products that did not make it to the internet yet
Renacor
Rusocortin
MiniRin R
Demapressin acetate
Gondotropine

...and one unnamed product which has no known medical reference.

Many were available in ready-to-use syringes, others were pills or tablets.

The quantities involved show at evidence that besides personal consumption, most of those people were actually part of a distribution chain.

It is not uninteresting to note that these riders were never caught "positive"....

It is now known (scientifically tested and conclusively proved) that even EPO can be kept below critical hematocrit level if administered smartly by experienced doctors.

Expect further developments, the iceberg starts crackling.
 
NUAir
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RE: Pro Cycling - The Saga Continues

Tue Oct 04, 2005 2:45 am

Why do you have such a vendetta against pro cycling?

Will you feel much better when you have proof that every pro cyclist is doping?

Quoting Iakobos (Thread starter):
What are they accused of ?
Following extensive police investigations carried during 2002 and 2003, a number of illicit practices and products have been either discovered or irrefutable availability recorded.

The list of products would impress any hospital in the geriatric, cancer, dialysis and a couple of other departments. Learn:

At least give us a source for this news (en francais ou anglais)...
"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
 
iakobos
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RE: Pro Cycling - The Saga Continues

Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:27 pm

http://www.dhnet.be/index.phtml?cont....dhnet.be/dhjournal/archives.phtml
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2005/feb05/feb06news
http://cyclisme.dopage.free.fr/actua...ite/2005-01-08-lalibrebelgique.htm

Vendetta means vengeance. Nothing such, I am not involved in the cycling world.
I like cycling, casual, amateur and pro, indoor and outdoor, it is a great sport or sporting activity.

What I do not appreciate is the level of cheating that prevails today, the hypocrisy of most parties involved starting with the UCI, the blindness of many so-called cycling fans, and last but not least young athletes dying from heart failures.
Do you support any of these NUair ?

Do you realize that those guys take the risk of living on all kind of dubious and dangerous substances in order to become rich and famous ?
Do you realize that we marvel at the exploits of the best among the cheaters ?

I see only three roads at the horizon
-the UCI makes it officially a gambling exercise for doped characters and the speciality of pro cycling is no longer labelled a sport but a game
-the UCI really tackles doping and quickly restores some sanity in the sport
-things continue on one leg, as they are, from one scandal to another one, nobody can be trusted, organizers will become much less enthusiastic, sponsors will dislike seeing their names associated with dubious practices and court rulings, less media coverage, less money, the public will loose interest and the sport becomes anonymous in a few years

Mens sana in corpore sanum ! you disagree ?

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