Posted 18 October 2012 - 11:35 AM
he still won 7 Tours... that wont change, even if they strip him of the "wins" he still won those races... do i think doping is right? no, i dont, but its a part of the sport. everyone at one level or another, dopes in cycling... there is jsut now other way to increase performance and be able to last endurance wise for the a race that covers a coupe thousand miles... back inthe day it was blood packing, where the team doctor would take a pint or 2 of blood out, put it on ice to preserve it, then the night before the race, he would put that bloodback into the racer... this would increase the racers RBC and allow them to carry more O2 to the cells, and recover faster... testing for this was to do a simple RBC count, if it was higher then allowed, the perosn was DQ'd for doping... now adays we have drugs that can increase RBC with out the need for blood packing... yet, these drugs, if over used, turn the blood to sludge and can cause a rider to drop dead on the spot, and yes, that has happened before... we also have drugs that increase the iron content and hemaglobin in the blood without upping the RBC, and these drugs dont show up on most doping tests...
as for lance, yeah, i think his cancer treatments could hae had long term performance enhancing side affects, such as the constant Epo injections he was on to raise his RBC... could he have been doping and gotten away with it? sure he could have... does the anti doping agency have any cold hard proof? no, they dont... and based on that evidence, or lack there of, Lance will most likely skate by....
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