Paul Andrews

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This Day in Doping: Test for Human Growth Hormone hGH

In This Day In Doping on February 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

BikeRadar has an intriguing post on a positive test for human growth hormone. The test involved a rugby league player but obviously holds huge implications for professional cycling. Although the substance has been banned for two decades, there’s been no reliable test for it.

Now (presumably) all those back samples can be screened over again. But once again, it puts enforcement into a touchy political arena. If all the big stars test positive, will the UCI or applicable governing body really act? Since there’s no transparency in the lab screening process, we the public have to trust that all samples are being tested equally, and penalties meted out fairly. That’s a pretty big leap in this day and age where corporate sponsorships and Big Money ultimately call the shots.

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 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: 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.