Gaumont had to take drugs



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Tispectrum

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PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Former Cofidis rider Philippe
Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of his team if he
had refused to take performance enhancing drugs.

"If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a
year," Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged
doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde
newspaper.

Gaumont, a 1992 Olympic bronze medallist in the 100-km team
competition, has been accused of drug taking twice in the
past. He tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone
in 1997 and for amphetamines in 1999.

He said he did not take anything in the first six months
with his first team, Castorama, whom he joined in 1994.

"In June, 1994, a team doctor gave me a shot of Kenacort and
it went on from there," he added.

Kenacort is a corticosteroid, a banned substance which
reduces fatigue and swelling.

Gaumont said he was amazed by the quantity of drugs he had
to take before time trials.

"An intravenous injection of Fonzylane to dilate the veins
and let the blood spread well. Some injectable caffeine. A
pill of Theostat so that I could breathe easily and some
analgesic to stop pain," he said.

Gaumont said random tests were ineffective.

"The tests occur during training and races. Every rider
knows that intravenous erythropoietin (EPO) stays for three
days in the urine. So you just have to act consequently and
stop the treatment three days before the test.

"And the effect of EPO is still effective 10 days after you
take it." EPO stimulates the production of oxygen-carrying
red blood cells.

The rider said he had never been told about the risks of
taking banned substances.

"The only risks I was told about were the risks of
being caught.

"I take full responsibility for my mistakes, but it is
the whole system leading us to doping that has to be
judged," he said.
 
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Robert Chung

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tispectrum wrote:
> PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Former Cofidis rider Philippe
> Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of his team if
> he had refused to take performance enhancing drugs.
>
> "If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a
> year," Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged
> doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde
> newspaper.

Perhaps I'm misreading the article, but where did he say
that? http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected],36-
356799,0.html
 
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Ronde Chump

Guest
He's just another loser that wants to try and justify his
mental weaknesses and bad decisions. It's typical...just
blame others for your own shortcomings and stupidity.

Good bye, good riddance, and don't let the door hit you in
the ass on your way out. You are a Bum.
 
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Trg

Guest
Robert Chung wrote:
> tispectrum wrote:
>> PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Former Cofidis rider Philippe
>> Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of his team if
>> he had refused to take performance enhancing drugs.
>>
>> "If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a
>> year," Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged
>> doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde
>> newspaper.
>
> Perhaps I'm misreading the article, but where did he say
> that? http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected],36-
> 356799,0.html

Agreed, I was surprised reading the translation here, having
read the original in Le Monde first. I was wondering where
they got that line from.
 
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Jeff Jones

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"Robert Chung" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> tispectrum wrote:
> > PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Former Cofidis rider
> > Philippe Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of
> > his team if he had refused to take performance enhancing
> > drugs.
> >
> > "If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a
> > year," Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged
> > doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde
> > newspaper.
>
> Perhaps I'm misreading the article, but where did he say
> that? http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected],36-
> 356799,0.html
>
He didn't (not there anyway).

Jeff
 
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Richard Adams

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"Robert Chung" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> tispectrum wrote:
> > PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Former Cofidis rider
> > Philippe Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of
> > his team if he had refused to take performance enhancing
> > drugs.
> >
> > "If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a
> > year," Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged
> > doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde
> > newspaper.
>
> Perhaps I'm misreading the article, but where did he say
> that? http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected],36-
> 356799,0.html

Last I read he wasn't saying he was ordered to dope, but the
results expected of him required him to take dope. So doping
became required indirectly.

I wonder if he has a dog that could fetch a moose.