Lance Armstrong is currently racing in the Tour Down Under in Australia after his big crash in the Tour of California. Luckily his eye was alright. If you hadn’t seen pictures it looked like it could have been worse. However, he isn’t as good of cyclist like he used to be, but he is competing. Though he is enjoying his time riding in Australia he is being harassed by media regarding this week’s Sports Illustrated investigation into Armstrong’s possible use of EPO (Erythropoietin) also known as blood doping. A lot of this is old news and stuff is resurfacing. It isn’t anything new but a bunch of research from about ten years ago that still doesn’t prove anything. With allegations against him from his old teammates, they are saying he insisted they do EPO, which makes me wonder was Lance really taking a PED? Apparently he is friends with Don Caitlin, who is one of the founders of modern drug-testing in sports. People are speculating that Caitlin had something to do with the cover up of some of Armstrong’s high levels of testosterone in his urine. It is hard to go back that far and find out if that is true and so far Armstrong has never failed a drug test to this day. What is on a lot of peoples’ mind is – How does someone who is supposedly not on EPO beat other cyclists who ARE on it?
Quotes from the Sports Illustrated investigation into Lance Armstrong and blood doping.
“The Sports Illustrated article reports that Armstrong’s urine samples tested over the then-allowed 6:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio three times between 1990 and 2000. Armstrong’s three abnormal readings were 9:1, in June 1993; 7.6:1 in July 1994; and 6.5:1 in June 1996. The World Anti-Doping Agency lowered the abnormal T/E ratio to 4:1 in 2005; most people have a ratio of about 1:1 testosterone to epitestosterone in their urine.”
“Based upon minutes from USOC anti-doping committee meetings during 1999 and 2000, Sports Illustrated claims the notes reveal that USOC officials conferred on ways to unofficially test athletes for performance-enhancing drugs in order to prevent positive results during Olympic competition.”