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More, More Thoughts On Stuff

Posted by bikezilla on March 10, 2011


Another collection of links, but no time to write full articles.

– If you ride your bike in New York City, don’t be surprised if your harassed by police. This guy was sexually assaulted.

That’s what they’d call it if any non-police person grabbed hold of your junk and squeezed it with intent of causing pain and humiliation.

– Random Thought #1:

If beloved riders near the ends of their careers, guys like George Hincapie and Jens Voigt, had doped over the courses of those careers, what would you like to happen?

Would you want them exposed? Or would you prefer a cover up?

Would you want them caught? Or would you prefer that they get away with it until they retire?

Would you prefer the unshattered illusion? Or truth?

– Random Thought #2:

The doping test for plasticizer is not approved.

The test detects the plasticizer used in transfusion bags, which also happens to be the plasticizer in water bottles.

You can see the potential for false positives, or rather, real positives but with causes by innocent means.

However, this test is the only way currently known to detect autolougous blood transfusions, that is, transfusions of one’s own blood.

So, should it be used, at risk of punishing innocent riders who merely drank bottled water? Is that risk worth the lone opportunity to begin catching riders and teams who use autologous transfusions?

– MPCC, another of Jonathan Vaughters’ endeavors (I believe he’s also president of the organization) wants teams held responsible when one or more of their riders tests positive.

UCI will never go for this, unless they can water it down so that they can get around it when it suits their need and utilize it when THAT suits their need. Their history shows that they adamantly deny any connection between individual riders doping and any systemic or systematic contributions from the teams, regardless of the evidence.

Hein Verbruggen, in fact, became quite angry when several Dutch riders (or former riders) confessed to doping, saying they:

“cannot bring any good and it makes those riding clean feel guilty. They are giving the impression that doping practices were structured in their teams.”.

And

“A rider is the first one responsible of his doping. They could have said: no to doping. About these three riders, another Dutch rider told me that if they were ethical they would return the prizes they won thanks to doping”.

UCI, in its complicity in the doping culture, will and in fact must continue to shield teams from any culpability or repercussions greater than the lose of suspended riders.

– It’s glossed over here, but Trent Lowe DID record a hematocrit level higher than 50%.

The only explanation given is that it was a “lab error”, with no evidence to prove that.

The thing that bothers me, especially with both Love and Jonathan Vaughters proclaiming Garmin as Team Clean, is why the heck was the failed hematocrit test never reported to UCI AND why was Lowe NEVER retested on it?

Toss the del Moral connection into things and how can you view this as anything but fishy?

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