We encourage readers of the Berry piece and related Editorial to send informed letters to the Editors of Nature. We can be sure that those supportive of WADA's practices, and the LNDD in particular, will be sending plenty of mail critical of both pieces.
Emailers, and now Velonews are telling us the hushed-up fifth Tour positive is Jimmy Casper, a French rider who abandoned on L'Alpe, is a two-time Lanterne Rouge, and one-time stage winner. It is apparently for a cortico-steroid, an athsma treatment, about which he botched some TUE paperwork. Let us count the ways L'Equipe is not motivated to plaster this on the front page...
NPR's Science Friday interviewed Dr. Donald Berry about his Nature piece on the unreliability of present anti-doping tests. Find the podcast here.
The Boulder Report points out the Donald Berry article from Nature as being an "opinion piece" based on data from the Landis camp. But, Joe Lindsey does concede that better/different testing may be called for.
The Daily Peloton keeps the "Landis to Rock Racing" rumor afloat with a short blurb about it.
The CyclingNews reports seemingly "targeted" testing of cycling teams is taking place at the Olympics.
Some commentary at Salon rips the Olympic symbiosis with heavy supporters McDonalds, Budweiser, and Coke:
Do they think that by associating themselves with the games that people will suddenly, magically, believe that Big Macs are the breakfast of champions? That Michael Phelps achieved his ripped physique by shoving nuggets and fries down his gullet? Budweiser and Coke are also sponsors. When's the last time Nastia Liukin pounded a six-pack of weak beer before hopping on the balance beam and turning a back flip? Do you think Shawn Johnson gets all her stellar flipping energy from caffeinated sugar water?
For these corporate behemoths, the massive visibility and blunt association with jingoistic pride is more than enough to justify their multimillion-dollar investment. The point is that the Olympics are really all about money. Money for corporate America and money for the athletes that bring home the gold. The rest of us saps are simply being sold the opportunity to witness transcendent physical greatness, while kicking back with a greasy burger, super-size fries and an ice cold, piss-poor excuse for a lager.
Not to mention money for all the functionaries, bureucrats and media involved in the production and coverage of the events. Thus we are pitched to care deeply that the feats done in the service of McD/Bud and Coke are not be sullied by the scourge of performance-enhancing drugs, because that violates the "spirit of sport."
Outside Magazine's "Spoke Life" blog discusses the Landis/Rock Racing connection with a decidedly politic quote on the matter from team owner Michael Ball:
“At this juncture, I have not made any decisions regarding the 2009 Rock Racing roster. If—or when—Floyd Landis returns to racing, I hope people recognize that he has served his time and should be given the opportunity to showcase the talent that made him one of the world’s top bike racers. He has a right to continue to make a living in his chosen profession.”
Racejunkie says that IF Carlos Sastre is the thus far unnamed "positive" from the Tour de France she is through, and who cares about smog at the Olympics? It's nothing compared to what some of these guys put into their bodies, on purpose.
Rant writes about the Olympics and traces the evolution of the anti-doping movement created because of pressure from the public. He then goes on to discuss strict liability and the Nature piece from the other day.
At rec.bicycles.racing, a thread about the Berry article includes this:
Remember too that with
99% true positive rate
99% true negative rate
5% usage rate in the tested population
a positive test leaves a 17% chance that the testee is not positive.
This kind of calculation applies to all medical screening
tests of the sort used daily in the population at large.