Sunday, July 30, 2006

Unverified: IRMS Found Exogeous A Sample

Cyclingnews passes on reports by L'Equipe that the A sample had synthetic testosterone here, with some discussion on USENET here. Scary arguments are attributed to Jose Maria Buxeda, reported as one of Floyd's attorney about the use of IRMS being "not reliable". That's the first time I've heard anyone make that claim. So far, IRMS has been given as the definitive test to obtain the CIR, and use of either term seems more or less equivalent. If Buxeda is trying to hang hopes on this argument, things are indeed ugly.

We also see L'Equipe is once again receiving unauthorized information transfer, which raises questions about the credibility of the lab (update: or the UCI). One would want to check the chain of custody carefully.