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Alberto and the Plasticizer

Posted by bikezilla on October 5, 2010


When I first heard the story of the plastisizer found in Alberto Contador’s blood, almost immediately following the news of his doping pos for clenbuterol, I felt incredibly sad and let down and sickened.

I originally mentioned this HERE.

But then it came out that this particular plastic or plasticizer is extremely common, being found in water bottles, saline bags and the bags used for sugar drips. Those are all pretty common in the world of sports.

If you totally ignore the other medical drip bags you still have to wonder, “How many bottled waters does the average cyclist drink in a week?”

So then I have to think, “Hmmmmmmmm, there are not only more, but more common uses for this plasticizer.”

Add to that that the test to find it has not been validated (gee, maybe exactly because there are so many sources of this chemical?) and so holds no legal weight.

Now I’m thinking, well, it’s a lot more likely that this particular finding indicates something other than blood transfusion than that it indicates transfusion.

Apparently that puts me in the minority, because it seems like that fact, the actual FACT, that clenbuterol WAS found in his blood and that it in fact IS a banned substance which actually DOES need explanation and investigation and was found by use of a highly sensitive and totally validated test which DOES hold legal weight, has been utterly forgotten.

For every mention of clenbuterol on Twitter there are at least twenty about the plasticsizer.

Here’s just a few I cut and pasted directly:

“Contador Tour blood sample indicates IV use”

“Meat from a plastic cow? “Contador showed abnormally high levels of plastic residues””

“Contador may have received transfusion”

“new evidence”

“Contador may have received transfusion during Tour”

“More damning evidence”

“More evidence for Contador’s blood transfusion”

And it’s amazing that even though the story about the plastisizer is nearly a week old, people, including NY Times journalists, present it a few hundred times per day as “new evidence” and “more evidence”.

They seem to willfully miss 1. That it isn’t “new” and 2. It isn’t evidence.

So why does this one bit of information so mesmerize so many people while the actual failed test for clenbuterol goes ignored?

I’m not sure, but every time I see some retard jump up and down clapping and drooling while they scream “plasticizer!” I wanna trip’em into a mud puddle.

* Dueling experts. The way they contradict each other almost makes this seem like a joke.


One Response to “Alberto and the Plasticizer”

  1. Chris said

    I don’t think the plasticizer on its own really raises any eyebrows; it’s the timing of the plasticizer being found around the same time as the clenbuterol that seems to cement many people’s badly informed opinions on the matter. It’s as if yeah, clenbuterol was found but the inclusion of the plasticizer makes the source of the clenbuterol dubious, as if to discount the meat explanation before Alberto’s finished the end of his sentence.

    But then if you pick it apart the plasticizer was found on a different day, previous to the clenbuterol by all accounts I’ve read so far, so that doesn’t really hold water either because if the clenbuterol did come from illicit IV blood bag use you’d expect the tests to show both substances on the same day.

    In any case, what we know about it is only what has been presented to us by the media, I’m sure there are many facts not yet released which may shed new light on this whole debacle. I agree the clenbuterol does need an explanation and so far Contador’s explanation is prompting more questions for me than it does answers.

    The last I heard was that the chef who prepared the meal for Contador claims that Astana still have the receipt for the steak. I would expect that receipt to be produced and AC’s lawyers attempt to trace the meat back to the farm whence it came to verify the source of the clenbuterol.

    As clenbuterol in livestock farming in Europe is banned the time window is small and may already have passed if the livestock rearer has got wind of what’s going on – if this proves to be then more questions will be asked about why it took so long to allow an ‘inconclusive’ conclusion over whether the meat really was the source of the drug.

    I really hope though that Alberto Contador can prove his innocence in a sport where so many people not only expect him, but also want him to be guilty.

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