George Saar said:
"A liar most likely". ?????
How many urine tests does it take to " prove" one's innocence? :S
This IS a Which Hunt - "most likely".
Clear skies to all!
Are you familiar with bicycle racing, the use of EPO and the measurement of the "hematocrit?" The hematocrit is a measure of the number of red blood cell in the blood. By the way, cyclists face blood tests which are more sensitive than urine testing.
- EPO is a drug that increases the red blood cell count, it was originally meant for use by recovering cancer patients but it is the drug of choice for endurance athletes since it gets more oxygen to their muscles.
The use of EPO is banned but there is no test for the use of EPO. In lieu of a test, a maximum hematocrit level of 50% was established. Anyone with a hematocrit of over 50% is automatically out of the race, Marco Pantani was leading the tour when he was disqualified for having a hematocrit of over 50%.
Basically it's a game, take enough EPO to increase the number of red blood cells but make sure you don't go over 50%. I am sure the team doctors were/are monitoring this...There are other drugs that cannot be detected, other procedures.. It is indeed possible to pass 700 drug tests and still be using performance enhancing drugs.
- George Hincapie was Lance's trusted domestique during his 7 tour wins and the person closest to Lance. The domestique is the rider who tows the team leader for most of the stage and Lance and George were very close. George has ridden in more tours than anyone in history and George has never tested positive for any performance enhancing drugs...
Apparently George was prepared to state that he and Lance had taken EPO together and had supplied it to other members of the team. This was the problem Lance faced, confronting his trusted friend who had also never been caught. There were also 3 other members of Lance's teams who were essentially clean that were prepared to testify against him.
This was the showdown Lance shied away from.
Drugs in sports are big business, doctors and laboratories work on synthetic drugs that cannot be detected. They try to stay ahead of the authorities and often do. Balco was an example. Balco would send blood samples of their athletes drugs to other testing labs to see if the other labs could detect anything. Drugs in cycling is huge, since the days of Miguel Indurain, there have been very few tour de france winners who have not been caught cheating..