The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
is only the will of a number to discredit, in a totally unacceptable way, the reliability of the most important tool with which the UCI, as first International Federation in the world to be equipped within the framework of its commitment against doping and this already in 2001."
The statement went on to add that, "The positive results which ensued from it since its introduction until this last case of Roberto Heras prove unmistakably that the battle against the plague of EPO must be pursued, but demonstrate especially the efficiency of these controls. The charges pressing in a recurring way on other riders subjected to the same test are thus pure speculation."
Suspicion was raised after scientists were able to prove that to test for artificial or recombinant EPO (rEPO) could lead to false positives. The results of their findings has led to charges being dropped against three European triathletes who were all previously suspected on using EPO.
There is much for us to consider as another rider is seemingly struck down. Are we to believe, as the riders so often claim that the samples were contaminated by the laboratory or that their team doctors must have given them a product without their prior knowledge? Is this a witch-hunt by the UCI? Perhaps we should blame Dick Pound (after all, everybody else does)? Or do these riders just quite simply believe that they can in fact get away with doping?
At some point, a line has to be drawn. Black becomes white. Right becomes wrong. We, the public and fans of this sport need to be behind the testing and to believe the results to be true until proven otherwise. If there is any doubt, the test should be withdrawn with immediate effect from competition until a true positive result can be assured with no chance of implicating a rider by error. Not only are peoples livelihoods on the line, so is already tattered reputation of our sport
Till next week