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  1. ashley_s


    Heard a fair bit about this movie and seems to be getting great review, although I have it on my to watch list. Sounds like the filmmaker was hit in the arse with a rainbow when the story blew up bigger than he could have imagined. Interesting interview Lance did with the filmmaker on his Foward podcast. Anyone watched it yet?
  2. http://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/positive-retests-helsinki-2005-osaka-2007 Despite most being retired, still interested to see if there are any big names.
  3. Hajo Seppelt is back. Part 1 of his doping in athletics exposé want to air last year, and his follow-up documentary was aired on ARD in Germany last night and has tonnes more evidence of systematic doping in Russia and Kenya. Russia Seppelt received a stash of audio recordings, of Russian national team athletes, incl. Olympic Champion Savinova, talking about how they'd prepared for races. Informant delivered a bunch of Russian 'athlete profiles', with up to 80% of whereabouts not submitted. Audio file of IAAF tester calling an athlete to arrange a suitable date/time test. Speed-skating ex-Olympic Champion, and now politician, Zhurova: "All national team athletes are told before tests. All are tested before big international competitions. Those 'glowing' can be kept at home." Kenya Geoffrey Tarno, died while in the lead of marathon. Blood clot. Reminiscent of cyclists dying in early 90s. No evidence of EPO, but had discussed looking for drugs, what to take etc. Trained hard, but never won. Other runner knew he had injected. Woman known as selling drugs seen at training. Taino, pre-race: "I must win this race, by any means". Hidden recording from other doping doctor: "they forgot to give him iron in advance" Young runners copy what the best runners do. Been like this for 10 years. Doctors in it for profit. Seppelt poses as coach, visits doctor. "I work with many athletes". Shows EPO and Sustenon (steroid). Injects Euro athlete w/ EPO (on camera). "No problem, I'll treat your athletes well". Various video recordings of other athletes (hidden ID) getting EPO injections at various doctors. Rita Jeptoo: tested positive last year. "Never had blood test in Kenya since 2006 - only urine." Leaked positive test from a Kenyan runner, Chimetto. Letter from IAAF saying she's banned. She shows up at a Euro marathon less than a year later even though Kenyan Federation knows she's banned. Finishes 3rd. Federation gave explicit permission to race. Athletes can buy race releases. Athletes can bribe officials to make tests go away. If woman tests positive "say it's birth control". Officials talk w/ doctors, then they clear everything. If you win 20k, they deduct 10k as payment. Legitimate payments from Nike to Kenyan Federation, withdrawn in cash by officials. Treasurer, Secretary General, assistant to President too. Criminal investigations in progress. IAAF blood values Seppelt receives USB of 12,000 IAAF blood test results, worldwide, from 2001 to 2012. These were handed over to Michael Ashenden (who most of you know from his work in cycling) and Robin Parisotto (part of team who invented the urine EPO test and ex-member of UCI's expert biopassport review panel). Ashenden: "I have absolutely no doubt that the endurance disciplines at Worlds and Olympics were filled with blood doping"... "Some of the results I have seen in this database are the worst I have ever seen" Parisotto: "I have never seen such extreme blood values in my life" "In the past there has always been some suspicious athletes, but in this database it is so incredible widespread" "Not just medallists with extreme values" Ashenden: "Very often, at least two medals in endurance disciplines won by dopers. In some cases all three medallists are doping." Parisotto: "Someone must have seen these values, but did not ring an alarm bell. Not doing a very good job" Ashenden: "Athletics is where cycling was 5-20 years ago" Parisotto: "Athletics probably around 10-15 years behind cycling" Pretty damning stuff. Here's the English version if you're interested: http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/Reportage-Dokumentation/Geheimsache-Doping-engl-Version/Das-Erste/Video?documentId=29857186&bcastId=799280 Video disappears for certain sections (rights issues perhaps) but audio continues throughout.
  4. On the subject of, predominantly, doping allegations, in consultation with the Moderators we have agreed on the following: Following on from some recent issues and knowing full well that whatever we choose to do will be criticised by some sectors. The choices as I see them are: Allow everything: to be fair and equitable this would leave nothing or no one out of bounds. This becomes unworkable for me as the site owner and for the moderators. Continue as we are: this also seems to be unworkable as those with a bias, see the way we try and moderate to be always to the detriment of their opinion and this then leads to ongoing sniping, friction and retributions. Allow nothing: while this is not how I would like it to be it seems like this is the only solution that can work. So from now on if you want to cast aspersions on an athlete's performance, character, possible drug use etc. then please do it elsewhere. This applies to comments that are direct, insinuations or even sly asides or attempts to lead others into such a discussion. i.e there is a big difference between an honest question like "X athlete has done three Ironman's in 6 weeks with reasonable results I'd love to know how they manage workload and recovery" and "X athlete has done three Ironman's in 6 weeks with reasonable results, Hmmmm , I wonder how they manage that" So if it is not already in the verified media, then don't put it here. Even then topics about such issues should not vary from the athlete mentioned to include those not currently under suspicion. The other reason behind this is that if we want to be taken somewhat seriously and have people engage with us who could bring a lot of useful helpful information to the forum, then we can't be such a hostile environment for folks like coaches of elite athletes etc. As for enforcement, in the early stages we will try an simply delete any questionable posts or content as we see fit and if time permits give the poster "advice" on the situation. If we can't get our collective heads around this then we will move to a one warning and then suspension. In short If you are trying to cause trouble, DON'T. If you are trying to be sly or clever, DON'T. If you think your post is questionable or can be taken two ways, then clarify it or reword it before posting. These guidelines may be extended to include other issues if needed but I hope we don't have to. Cheers Roxii
  5. As triathletes we often get the mickey taken out or us from cyclists for a variety of reasons. The reliant on numbers, compression socks, jumping on every new bandwagon and on it goes. I've always thought fight fire with fire, and hit cycling back, and to be fair there is a good argument to suggest cycling and cheating are lifelong bedfellows. The nature of the sport of cycling lends itself to it. the person who saves the most watts wins and takes the glory at the last moment. Where as triathlon came out of a test to see who was the fittest. Sure we miss out on some of the bravery, tactics and all out efforts in cycling, but I've always ranked elite triathletes as having much higher moral ground than cyclists. Sure we all want to win, and there is drafting and doing in tris but it's not accepted and cyclists give the impression they would do ANYTHING to win, and that cheating is just part of the game. Here's an interesting blogpost on how cheating and cycling are so intertwined: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-if-cheating-is-normal-in.html All power to triathletes I say!
  6. I hope this doesn't break any rules or stir the pot too much as I am genuinely interested in seeing what people think about this. This study came out this week: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0078702 It is a peer reviewed, statistically sound study seemingly conducted rigorously. The outcome is 1 in 7 age group athletes is using some sort of illegal physical enhancement. This number seems really, really high to me. Do you think this is accurate? Is there any form of anti-doping control for age groupers? Do you believe doping has become more or less prevalent over time? Are you aware of doping amongst friends/clubmates/colleagues in the sport? Do you believe numbers would be similar in Australia?
  7. The optimist in me thinks that cycling may finally be winning the war on PED's . The pessimist thinks that the cyclists are getting better at hiding their drug use . The following is from the West Australian newspaper. http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/other/18586890/no-doping-cases-from-tour-de-france/ No riders tested positive for doping at the Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday, after the complete analysis of 622 samples. The testing program included 113 urine samples tested for EPO and 15 for steroids. In blood analysis, 22 samples were tested for EPO-like substances, 18 for human growth hormone and two for transfusions. "We don't have any adverse finding from the Tour de France," Francesca Rossi, director of the UCI-appointed Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), told reporters at a briefing. The testing included 203 samples taken from riders in training and 419 during the three-week race, which was won by Chris Froome of Britain. A total of 443 blood samples and 179 urine samples were taken in a program jointly run by the UCI and the French anti-doping agency (AFLD). Most blood samples were used for comparisons to the biological passport system, which charts the blood levels of riders. The total samples of 622 rose from 566 for the 2012 Tour at which only Frank Schleck of Luxembourg tested positive for a banned diuretic. Tour riders who used banned drugs or doping methods could yet be identified because stored samples can be analysed again in the future using new or improved testing techniques. Rossi said the foundation could re-test when the World Anti-Doping Agency certifies threshold limits for substances such as AICAR and growth hormones. She also expects steroid profiling to be added to the biological passport which the UCI has managed since 2008. Cycling's anti-doping program is an issue in the current UCI presidential election, with challenger Brian Cookson pledging to create an agency independent of the governing body. UCI President Pat McQuaid supports the existing structure to catch drug cheats. However, Rossi said the CADF is working to create an independent oversight board "starting work with us very soon." The UCI will continue to host the foundation and fund 15 per cent of its annual budget of 7 million Swiss francs ($A8.4 million). "In a technological world, location is less important than people. For me, independence is not an address," she said. Rossi acknowledged that the CADF has not secured a working agreement with the US Anti-Doping Agency, whose investigation exposed massive doping by Lance Armstrong's teams in a report published last October. "We will come back to them again and try to sign an agreement very soon," Rossi said.
  8. Two of the biggest names in sprinting Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have failed drug tests. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-15/powell-and-gay-fail-drug-tests/4819574
  9. Ironnerd

    Not Normal?

    Has anyone downloaded and read "Not Normal? An insight into doping and the 21 biggest riders from LeMond to Armstrong to Evans" ? http://www.joomag.com/magazine/alternativ-editions-not-normal/0269766001370594539 The book examines mountain rides and labels performances across an index of suspicion versus believability. They do this by estimating the power for each climb. I am wondering if it is a interesting read.
  10. Donncha

    Noose Tightens

    The Padova investigation has been running in Italy for quite a while now. The Italian police were following the money being paid to Ferrari for doping. These details were published last night by Corriere della Serra in Italy, but here's an English account from Cyclingnews: Some of Scimone's clients apparently include Kolobnev, Scarponi, Menchov, Petrov, Lancaster, Davis, Grillo, Marcato, Karpets, Mazzanti, Perez Cuapio. Would that be Brett Lancaster and Allan Davis??
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