Just in time to help cheaters in the Tour de France and the summer Olympics, a lab in Denmark has published the results of a study showing that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s test for EPO use among athletes doesn’t work.
In batches of samples taken from test subjects who agreed to use EPO, the study found that WADA-approved labs were completely unreliable at detecting anything at all. In other words, the risk of getting caught is small while the potential benefit in competition is huge.
During an endurance event like a marathon or the Tour, when athletes are usually pacing themselves by performing at lower levels of exertion, EPO can improve their performance by 50 percent.
And they probably won’t get caught.
“It doesn’t sound good for anyone who wants a drug-free sport,” said Carsten Lundby, the lead author of the report.
The top level of sports is tainted. We can no longer believe what we see, so why bother to look? I stopped watching the Tour years ago. I stopped watching other sports long before that.
You want pure sport? Cancel your cable subscription and be your own athlete.
Go out and ride. Spend the cable money on Clif bars and bike parts.
No, there’s nothing on the line. No competition, no trophies, no money. That’s all crap anyway.
Pure sport is a human body in motion for the sheer joy of it, with no motivation to cheat.
You already have everything you need.