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This Sad Day in Doping: Joe Papp deserves medal, not prison

In This Day In Doping on February 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Reformed doper Joe Papp, familiar on this blog, Twitter and via his own writings for being one of the only pro cyclists to come clean and tell the truth about doping, has guilty to being a person he no longer is.

“Having escaped a corrupt system in which doping was a practice as accepted and normal as brushing one’s teeth, I strongly believe in clean sport and for several years have been fighting against doping both publicly and in ways that I simply can’t comment on…” Papp said.

What Joe did — both his own doping and acting as an international pimp of sorts for other pro cyclists — was wrong and should not be excused. But in the context of his extensive work to bring doping problems to light and his own campaign for cleaning up the sordid state of pro cycling, his past transgressions hold little relevance today.

We wish Joe well and hope this works out for the best — for him and for the sport. Although he faces possible prison time, it’s obvious his presence can do far more good outside of jail.

This Valentine’s Day in Doping

In This Day In Doping on February 14, 2010 at 2:52 am

A Story of True Love Gone Astray: Drug cheat Riccardo Ricco has decided to separate from drug cheat Vania Rossi. And just when Hallmark came out with a Valentine’s Day card aimed right at them…



This Day in Doping: Another Team Rehab candidate surfaces!

In This Day In Doping on February 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

How did we do it? In our campaign to bring together Team Rehab for the Dopers Reunion Tour de France 2010, how did we forget about Tom Boonen?

Admittedly, Boonen did not test positive for a performance enhancer. He was dinged for cocaine, which only makes you THINK your performance is enhanced. Still, drugs is drugs, and his second cocaine test in the plus column in two years is good enough to get Tom onto our Dream Team. As his team manager so persuasively put it: “He’s a very good guy, and a good rider, and I think he understands what he’s done in the past and won’t repeat it.” Yes, just like after the first time he tested positive.

This Day in Doping: Friday afternoon bad news

In This Day In Doping on January 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

In mainstream media the advice goes like this: If you want to bury bad news, release it on a Friday afternoon.

Well this is the blogosphere, folks, and we’re creating a whole new dynamic. You release bad news on a Friday, you’ve got a hailstorm from hell on your hands.

Case in point: Riccardo Ricco’s partner Vania Rossi testing positive for CERA, the exact substance that got Ricco kicked out of the 2008 Tour de France. OK, Vania’s not exactly a household word, and Ricco isn’t either. And typically news like this gets picked up by and maybe and that’s about it. Doping is so ingrained in cycling culture, it’s just not big news any more.

But wait a sec…it’s Friday afternoon dude! Nothin’ goin’ on! A little Twitter here, a little Facebook there, blogs-a-poppin’ … soon you’ve got a veritable sheetstorm of linkerage and commentary.

So just in case you missed it, here’s BikePure,, BikeRadar, VeloNews, and the always incisive Twisted Spoke.

(We do trust that Friday afternoon blahs are the only explanation for such breathless attentiveness and not the distaff nature of the crime. That would be sexist and bad form, even for the blogosphere.)

This Day in Doping: Dr. Michele Ferrari

In This Day In Doping on December 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

DrunkCyclist truth squads Dr. Ferrari on doping (via Cycling Weekly).

By the way, reading what Ferrari says in the Cycling Weekly story, you have to ask yourself: What was he smoking?

This Day in Doping: Good News for Once

In This Day In Doping on December 9, 2009 at 2:32 am

Some good news for once: Sabine Spitz gets Olympic trophy for telling the dope doctors no, no, no.

This Day in Doping: Jimenez Sanchez tests positive for EPO

In This Day In Doping on December 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

Spanish rider Eladio Jiménez Sanchez was suspended by the UCI after testing positive for EPO at last summer’s Volta a Portugal.

Doping violations are as we note a daily occurrence on the pro cycling circuit, but anecdotally it seems that Spain is more represented in recent months than any other nation. Not to implicate Spain’s most accomplished pro, Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, but it does make one wonder.

This Day in Doping: Seattle’s Kenny Williams banned for 2 years

In Bicycle Racing, This Day In Doping on December 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm

As we wrote earlier, longtime Seattle cycling figure Kenny Williams confessed to using DHEA, pretty much indicating he’d have to face the music. It’s a shame, and we trust in Kenny’s case it will serve as a lesson. He’ll lose his 3000 metre individual pursuit and kilometre time trial titles from August. His victory in the 40-44 3000 metre individual pursuit was an unofficial world record.

Younger amateurs hopefully will think twice. But doping is so ingrained, financially and politically as well as athletically, it also seems a shame that, coincidentally or not (we think the latter), the lesser names get the lion’s share of penalization.

That said, we still think there’s more to the Williams situation than has been disclosed so far. Another part of the hypocrisy of the system is to brush over details even as penalties are meted out. “Unnamed anabolic agent”? Really? Why the obfuscation?

Drunk cyclist has more. See comments queue.

This Day in Doping: Pfannberger goes pfooooot….

In This Day In Doping on November 23, 2009 at 3:07 am

Five years ago it was testosterone boosting. Last March it was blood boosting (EPO). Now Christian Pfannberger, a two-time Austrian champion, is banned for life.

Let that be an example to all you pros out there who think once is enough and promise never ever to do it again.

No, of course I’m not being serious.

This Day in Doping: Landis dreams of BIG comeback, Rebellin must wait it out

In Lance's Chances, This Day In Doping on November 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Having served his penalty for doping in the 2006 Tour de France, Floyd Landis now aims to get back into Euro stage racing. What team will he join? Expect the rumor mill to churn back up as trial balloons get sent … Team Radio Shack anyone? Lance & Floyd, reunited? Davide Rebellin will be stripped of his 2008 Olympic silver medal after testing positive for EPO. Another indication that even if you dodge detection the first time or two around, technological advances will eventually nab ya.