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Old 12-01-04, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Anyone who raced "dirty" in 2004 and did NOT get caught has a reason to race "clean" in 2005. For the first time in perhaps thirty years, every major rider will be racing clean. There will be no penalty for following the rules in 2005. If Lance choses to race clean in 2005, he will be on an even playing field. Lance proved he could win the Tour de France under the old testing rules. In 2005, he has the chance to prove he can win under the new testing rules.
not necessarily true.
****logous blood doping can be detected, but that does not eliminate autologous blood doping. i'm not sure of the exact shelf life of blood, but, remove a portion of blood, store it, train with less blood. as time goes on, your blood level will increase gradually. When you inject your own blood again (granted it hasn't expired), you're riding with more blood than you initially's not as effective as ****logous doping, but it still works to an extent.

also, the other thing i'm a bit confused about is EPO. i know EPO that is administered by doctors is recombinant EPO, but if you do high altitude training, the body produces EPO as well...i'm not sure how pronounced or long lasting the effects are, but wouldn't this bypass the recombinant EPO detection? this makes me wonder if EPO testing is more along the lines to promote cyclist safety as some people have died from their blood thickening too much in addition to the performance benefit?
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