Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday Roundup

News
Jacobs gets a feature in the Mercury News.

CyclingNews feature on the Landis evidence by Laura Weislo. She pretty much accepts all criticism of the Landis arguments, including Christiane Ayotte's assertions that only one metabolite is necessary for a CIR positive. DPF post on the article observes only .31% of TE screen positives end up confirmed, and that "about 70% of athletes initially screened at 10:1 would subsequently be shown to have a T/E of less than four on the confirmation test shows how much variability between screening and confirmation tests typically occurs."

Mr. Pound will get replaced, candidates emerge according to the Grauniad. Article says Pound is on a 7 year term that ends in November 2007, which is news to me since I didn't see that in WADA documents and there is no use of 'term' for the chair in the constitutive document. Jean-Francois Lamour is up against Viachhelav Fetisov for the European nomination, to eventually go up against an American nominee. Lamour is a gold-medal fencer, Fetisov a former hockey player. Discussed at DPF.

Lemond speaks to Pez at some length about doping; sounds reasonable, and doesn't talk specifically about Landis.

O'Grady says drug claims "A load of crap", in this article, without mentioning Landis. [courtesy emailer Gene] Discussed at DPF.

Spokesman podcast discusses Landis, talks with Vaughn of Daily Peloton [thanks Carlton]. Haven't heard myself yet. Discussed at ScienceFiction Twin, who points us to a clip of Carlton saying, "testosterone does not make you go downhill faster." I'm not sure I buy that -- it one believes the psychological effect theory, you can imagine a testo-jacked dude descending like a madman. The phrase, "balls ten, brains zero" seems to catch the drift of that theory.

Blogs
Rant is downbeat about the Keystone Kops of the anti-doping brigade.
Podium Cafe riffs on Lance with Floyd mention, and jabs at Lemond in the Pez story above.
Ranch Rider feels duped by pro cycling, repeats confused claim that Landis has 1100% too much testosterone.

Banshee says strategy might work.

Justin went to Baker's presentation, left during Q&A to get coffee, and ran into Floyd.

Randal Friesen
buys the Landis show.

Web
GCMS for dummies, with moving pictures, at Oregon State.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Pound will get replaced, candidates emerge according to the Grauniad. Article says Pound is on a 7 year term that ends in November 2007, which is news to me since I didn't see that in WADA documents and there is no use of 'term' for the chair in the constitutive document. Jean-Francois Lamour is up against Viachhelav Fetisov for the European nomination, to eventually go up against an American nominee. Lamour is a gold-medal fencer, Fetisov a former hockey player.

I think the American nominee should be Lance Armstrong and the European nominee Jan Ullrich.

Heeheehee ...

Gary said...

I reccomend listening to the Spokesmen podcast (always, actually, because they have some great conversations thanks to Carlton and David). Specifically, however, at one point Carlton uses the phrase "Man Juice Patch". I excerpted it at my blog because, frankly, it never gets old. Plus, when heard in context, it's even better.

Gary said...

Thanks for the link up. However, in honor of Carlton, I think we should no longer refer to it as "testosterone" but now call it "Man Juice".

And, for the record, I don't know if I buy the Lim defense, but I think it's valid to entertain natural possibilities.

Mike B said...

Weislo's article doesn't say much more than we know. For someone with her lab background, she goes easy on the mistakes, lack of procedure at the Lab. If the labs aren't held to standards just as high as the athletes, who do we believe?

I'm wondering when a journalist will actually write something negative about the lab, WADA and the UCI. I guess even cycling jouranlists are afraid to say anything negative about the 'hand the feeds them'.

I always want to ask the naysayers - would they trust their livlihood on the tests?