The CyclingNews reports that Eddy Mazzoleni has been recommended for a two year suspension by CONI for his involvement in the "oil for drugs" affair. And the UCI's conflicts over the pro tour continues, now it's with various European cycling federations, too bad everybody can't just get along. Finally Georg Totschnig is suing the ARD German television station for erroneously reporting that he was involved in the Humanplama doping scandal:
Georg Totschnig will sue the German television station ARD for libel and defamation for its broadcast earlier this month claiming he was a blood-doping client at the Viennese blood bank "Humanplasma", even though he knows that "the damage can't be mended."
Form and Fitness Q&A @ CyclingNews answers a question about blood doping detection, hinting at a way of detecting homologous transfusions based on red cell characteristics. It sounds hypothetical at this stage.
ESPN says that "beefed up" drug testing will be the rule at this year's Amgen Tour of California. If a rider tests positive he will be expelled from the race, but his team can continue to compete. Samples taken during the event will be stored for future testing when a test for HGH becomes available. Other changes include:
Blood samples will be collected from every rider, and urine samples from 30 percent of the riders, before the race. The samples will be tested for banned substances such as steroids, hormones including EPO and masking agents.
The stage winner, the current leader of the general classification and three other riders will have a full screen every day for banned substances. There also will be random or targeted full screen testing for three other riders during mornings and evenings.
The participating teams will guarantee that all their members of their teams, including coaches, trainers and support staff, are not the subject of any open doping investigations.
In other news at ESPN Justin Gatlin has formally filed a CAS appeal of his four year suspension. Gatlin is represented by Landis lawyer Maurice Suh.
The San Diego Union Tribune posts a piece about the newly established drug testing program instituted by the PGA which is set to begin July1. An old "friend" makes an appearance:
Richard Young, an expert and speaker on anti-doping training with more than 30 years experience, was pleased to see 60 players at the morning session yesterday.
“I wouldn't expect there to be a problem,” said Young, who was involved in the Floyd Landis and Marion Jones doping cases. “The important thing is to make sure the education really sinks in.”
Young said golfers who have repetitive-use injuries might take steroids to recover. He also said golfers might try stimulants or attention-deficit disorder drugs
Which leaves us confused-- using steroids to help recover from repetitive use injuries is good or bad? Golfers who understand "drive for show, putt for dough" might be more inclined to use beta-blockers as done by marksmen (biathletes) or Archers than stimulants of any kind which are likely to cause rather than cure the "yips." This may also account for notorious and endemic self-medication at the 19th hole.
FloydLandis.com posts confirmation that Floyd will participate in the 2008 NUE MTB series:
“The great experience I had last year was a big part of my decision to commit to the whole series,” remarked Floyd, “I had a great time and felt very comfortable. It really gets you connected with why we all chose to ride bikes. The races are fun, healthy and very competitive and the racers, staff and sponsors for these events are truly great people. I can’t wait for the first race in April.”
The 2008 NUE Series Schedule:
April 19 - Cohutta 100, Tennessee
May 31 - Mohican MTB 100, Ohio
June 14 - Lumberjack 100, Michigan
July 19 - Breckenridge 100, Colorado
July 26 - Wilderness 101, Pennsylvania
August 16 - Fool’s Gold 100, Georgia
August 31 - Shenandoah Mountain 100, Virginia
September 6 - Tahoe-Sierra 100, California
Kerryindenver notes the problems with current drug testing and says the "scrappy" Floyd "Frickin'" Landis is NOT going away.
Robert writes about the pursuit of perfection and the distractions therein. He notes the many victories achieved by Floyd Landis in 2006 and is saddened by the trials Floyd has faced. Still Floyd may be racing in Ohio later this year, and that's cool.
Nick thinks thee is a more practical way to solve the confusing conundrum that faces cyclists and anti-doping agencies. Play "Battleships". Achhh it still turns out the same, at least for "Dead Floyd" and "Dead Mayo".
Sara Best writes about Axel Merckx's new career, that of cycling tour guide.