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Originally posted by hoochymama
reply to post by solarstorm
EPO came from Cycling along time ago. FYI.
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
Nearly everyone in the top levels of sports "dopes". Winning is ALL, thus any edge to be gained, through whatever means, is embraced by athletes who put money, fame, and ego, over... well, everything else.
Originally posted by hoochymama
I don't believe Lance doped up because he has been the most tested athlete of our time
Originally posted by solarstorm
Some of you may not realize that it is nearly impossible to test an athlete for every single type of performance drug. Some of those drugs are so exotic, chemically modified to escape detection and kept secret for years by top athletes! How they concluded these charges to Armstrong, I don't know.
I know a lot of recreational and amateur athletes use a compound called EPO aka Erythropoietin to greatly enhance endurance. It's an old drug but from what I studied of it, very effective and dangerous.edit on 23-8-2012 by solarstorm because: (no reason given)
Hamilton said that Armstrong failed a drug test in 2001 and that Lance, with the help of the International Cycling Union (UCI), "took care of it."
According to the 60 Minutes report that just aired, Armstrong got a personal meeting with the head of the lab who discovered his test. The lab director told the FBI in a sworn statement that the ICU arranged the unusual meeting and made it known that it didn't want the suspicious test to be investigated any further.
Originally posted by VariableConstant
I may change my opinion if real evidence is presented by these folks, but for now I think they were just out to ruin the man.
Who has been found guilty so far?
Former team doctors Del Moral and Ferrari have been handed lifetime bans for their part in the doping case, as has the team's former trainer Marti.
Ferrari, who was a consultant during Armstrong's seven-year reign, was accused of developing a mixture of testosterone and olive oil that could be taken orally, and helped aid recovery. Ferrari apparently also helped riders inject EPO to help avoid detection in urine samples. Del Moral was accused of helping the riders with blood transfusions, and saline infusions to prevent detection. He was also accused of administering a range of banned drugs to members of the team.
Marti was given a lifetime ban for delivering a variety of banned products to the team from his base in Valencia, Spain.
"By our count, of the 21 podium finishers at the Tour de France during the period from 1999-2005, only a single rider other than Mr. Armstrong was not implicated in doping by a subsequent investigation. Yet, only a single one of these riders had a positive test with the UCI."
“Among the court’s concerns is the fact that USADA has targeted Armstrong for prosecution many years after the alleged doping violations occurred,” Sparks said. “Unfortunately, the appearance of conflict on the part of both organizations creates doubt the charges against Armstrong would receive fair consideration in either forum