Tour De France Riders Stage Protest -...

Tour De France Riders Stage Protest -- South Florida Sun-Sentin...

There are 9 comments on the story from Jul 25, 2007, titled Tour De France Riders Stage Protest -- South Florida Sun-Sentin.... In it, reports that:

Dozens of Tour de France riders demonstrated their anger over repeated doping scandals by not starting the 16th stage at the scheduled time Wednesday.

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Washington, DC

#1 Jul 25, 2007
Per this article:

"In all, 225 blood tests have been conducted so far at the three-week race. Of those, just one...was positive."

considering the current problems with athletes in the NFL, NBA and MLB, professional cycling, while having it's own problems, is doing it's best to control the situation, though, it only takes the mistakes of one person (as in this case) to ruin a good event - this year's Tour had been a clean race up to yesterday's annoucement...

Still, life, as in cycling, should be the thinking that if someone falls - the get back up and carry on, if they can...

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jul 25, 2007
Don't know much about the sport, but in a sport like cycling that had a worse reputation than baseball for doping, all it takes is one positive test to deminish the good will of the sport even further. It's become almost comical for a man to test positive in cycling then listen to him whine about his innocence. In the end, no winner or top rider will be unquestioned. Again, i'm not a follower of the sport but it is quite the shame but it is the athletes in the sport that have disrespected the sport they love and caused this all.

United States

#3 Jul 25, 2007
That news article mad NO sense whatsoever. It says he was positive for testosterone, then saying he was positive for a blood transfusion. Those are two totally different things! A blood transfusion is not done with whole blood. Its done with just red blood cells (more specifically, leukocyte reduced rbcs (LRBCs)...often their own blood taken from a prior time and then put back in to increase the Hematocrit..hence the oxygen carrying capacity.
To be positive for testosterone, he would have to be taking a testosterone precursor.
The guy who wrote that article didn't do his research.

Cambridge, MA

#4 Jul 25, 2007
Read the article more carefully. It says that ANOTHER rider tested positive for testosterone not Vino.

Denver, CO

#5 Jul 25, 2007
why is a blood transfusion banned, when stitches and other treatments are allowed?
My Opinion_El Paso_TX

United States

#6 Jul 26, 2007
spark wrote:
why is a blood transfusion banned, when stitches and other treatments are allowed?
Because they're not conducting actual blood tansfusions. They're providing themselves with extra Red Blood Cells, which helps their bodies attain more Oxygen for added energy and recovery.

Blood Dopping has been aproblem in sports as far back to the 1960's.


Since: Jul 07

Arvada, Colorado

#7 Jul 26, 2007
Thanx El Paso


Burbank, CA

#8 Jul 26, 2007
Blood doping used to be legal in the Olympics. I remember listening to ABC commentator for track and field explain Finish 10k distance runner Lasse Viren training technique. He would train until he was in peak form. then drain out a couple of pints of blood. Freeze the blood. then inject it right before the race.

The ABC commentator was matter of fact about the blood boosting. He didn't talk about it being anything but a new training technique. This was 1972

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Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#9 Jul 27, 2007
If I remember correctly, the East Germans and Soviet Union were the first ones found to be blood dopping.

But, I don't remember ever reading or hearing anything about it being legal back than. I was stationed in Germany in 1972. But, I could be confusing IOC's finding out about the problem to when they finally ruled it illegal.

Thanks for the updated info Cyclingfan.


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