Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes: Cannondale 2.8, Specialized S-works E5 road, GT Talera
Lance Tested positive for minute amounts of cortizone, the Team said it was from a skin cream used for saddle sores, He did not have a TUE form, or a Theraputic Use Exemption form on file, the team did show a perscription said to be forged/backdated by those involved. and he then got his TUE, although he was supposed to have it prior. Getting a perscription for a cortizone cream is an old school trick because some corticosteroids show up the same in the tests, and if found positive you blame it on the cream.
The skin cream is nothing compared to the Actovegin incident, where USPS management was throwing away empty packages of a substance made from calfs blood, the UCI didnt know what it was at the time, but now its been banned becuase it helps the blood deliver more oxygen to the tissues faster. USPS was several steps ahead of the testers for years.
"You should already be aware that riding with people who steer with their elbows, stick food to the top tube of their frames and ride around in dick togs is not a great idea." -- Classic1