Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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It is sort of iffy, isn't it?
On the "the riders are right" side, what if Hammer's production line does process some of the illegal stuff and some of that stuff got mixed into the Hammer stuff.
Although many racers use Hammer, who do you know that got tested ever? I know of none, and one of them got 3rd at the Elite National Road Race one year. Another probably got tested (second tier pro in Europe for 6-7 years) but he's never mentioned a drug test.
If Hammer knows about the potential mix up, then they may not elect to get that "drug free" label. Or that "drug free" label is like a Better Business Bureau label - you just pay money for it. BBB in CT is a joke, it's almost as if you stay away from the BBB approved companies because you know they just pay to get that seal on their doorway.
On the "Hammer is right" side, if they did have a lot of cross contamination, the chances are high that, even with very few athletes tested, there should be more positives. Three is a lot though.
Also, ultimately, the athlete is responsible for any and all positives, even though it may have been inadvertent. This avoids the "my herbalist gave me some Chinese herbs... how was I supposed to know it consisted of testosterone, HGH, and amphetamines? I just know I recovered better and went faster... and the label was in Chinese" defense.
Racers are told not to take anything except sponsored or approved items because you just can't trust a supplement. If they took something their team gave them, that's one thing. But buying something at a GNC or a bike shop, that doesn't cut it, you just can't do that anymore.
I have no idea who is right but hopefully this whole thing prevents other racers from making that ill fated trip to GNC or where ever to pick up some stuff to help them recover.