Has anybody heard if the use of intravenous drips is practiced in the peloton?
Strictly speaking, if nutrition is good, there should be no need , but a saline or drip with dextrose does get into the system much more quickly and would therefore lead to faster recovery after a race/stage. You sometimes hear of football players getting IVs during a game and nobody seems to question it. Would the authorities regard it as a form of doping---the substance in the IV may not be banned but I am wondering if the method of acquiring such substances is?
No, the issue is not how you acquired what is in your system. The issue is WHAT is in your system. Therefore using IV drip to take in glucose is different from using IV drip to take in stored platelets/blood.