- Jul 30, 2006
Who said Pettachi was using an inhaler? Did it ever occur to you that he may have exceeded the limit because he was taking it orally? Did you know that oral adminstration of salbutamol and other beta agonists DO improve muscle strength and endurance? Do you think WADA sets the limits so that it would be exceptionally difficult to exceed the TUE limit if used properly? Have you never heard of cyclists using a TUE as a way to mask doping? Why so much trust in cyclists who have proven time and again they will use all means necessary to cheat?swampy1970 said:The actual test itself may have been above board and spot on but the documentation that followed had dozens of errors such as incorrect sample numbers, samples done out of sequence, errors not notated or initialed, lab techs knowing who's sample it was (and testified to this under oath), data on harddrives wiped prior to inspection, data from harddrives copied to CD and hardrives moved to other devices thus negating any chance of digital forensics being possible and thus leaving the data open to the possibility of tampering.... Hardly the kind of thing you'd expect from a world class lab. And given that quite a few atheletes from other sports have got their cases dropped due to such errors from said lab, then it's not a unique situation.
Flip the coin and you get situtations where someone like Petacchi, who has a theraputic exemption for the asthma drug salbutamol, was ever so slightly over the limit on one stage of the Giro in 2007, probably due to taking his meds once too much during a stage. He was banned, despite the fact that it is well recognised in the scientific community that in non-asthmatic atheletes salbutamol doesn't really have an effect and in asthmatics, once you get over the regular dose the effects of an additional inhilation are minimal.
One press of the inhaler too many = ban. A whole slew of lab errors = oh well, nevermind.
... and yes, I suffer from a pulmonary condition and take salbutamol before exercise and from data from the ol' powermeter, speedometer and heart rate - there aint no difference to be found taking that extra dose. I was kinda curious at the time if what I read was really true. ... and it turned out to be.
It's the fact that labs and riders are seemingly not held to the same standards that pisses me of the most.
That and the French and their willingness to "leak" test information to the press almost immediately when a non-French rider is involved.