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The drug thingHawayyan
Jul 23, 2001 9:35 AM
People are still wondering and complaining that the TDF riders are on performance enhancing drugs. Don't you know that they aren't on "ILLEGAL" performance enhancing drugs. If you were to open their medical books, you would realize that; #1, even though only about 12% of the general population has ANY form of asthma that requires any medication, about 76% of the tour riders do, and #2, as long as the doctors prescribe the drugs, and they are in their medical books, they are not "ILLEGAL", therefore are permissable. Remember that Ulrich had corticosteroids in his possetion during the tour of italy, but they were prescribed in his medical book, so even though they are a banned substance, they are permissable for him.

I guess the only way to be a world class roadie, is to be unfortunate enough to be born with severe asthma requiring medication. "
Where'd you get 76%? Been through their medical records? nmslowideclyde
Jul 23, 2001 9:53 AM
I've seen 45% reported (see attached)JohnnyA
Jul 23, 2001 11:41 AM

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re: The drug thingroadie at heart
Jul 23, 2001 10:11 AM
I heard that too. It came from the Tour of Italy where 76% of the riders were suspected of having illegal drugs after the raids, but nobody was charged because they were all accounted for in their medical book. Also in the tour blood/urine samples from the TDF last year, when the testing lab came out with their findings that over 70% of the samples came back positive, that is why Hein Verbruggen was so mad, because the riders tested all had a doctors prescription for what they tested positive for.

One other thing that makes me wonder about Postal, and I hope someone can explain it to me is, if they are an american team, then why don't they have American doctors? That would clear up a lot of the drug rumors about the Spanish doctors that are the team physicians.
Not true...TJeanloz
Jul 23, 2001 10:30 AM
Read the UCI rulebook. SOME medications can be prescribed, like asthma inhalers, corticosteriods for topical (not injective) use. EPO is under no circumstances allowed.

The rules are very particular, the doctors know this, but some reasonable things can be cleared by the UCI. The others are 'illegal' in the terms that they are against the laws of the governing body.