Floyd Landis: Easy to Take Anabolics in Cycling Without Getting Caught

Cycling is one of the sports where testing for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs is frequent and sophisticated.  Yet, even in cycling, the cheaters say that it’s easy to continue using and not get caught.

Some would argue that failure to catch large numbers of users in states like Texas mean that there are very few kids using steroids.  I would hope that these critics would keep up with stories like this and recognize that failure to catch users via a steroid test does NOT mean that people are not using steroids.  All it means is “they didn’t get caught”.

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Floyd Landis

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis claims that it is easy to use anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and erythropoetin (EPO) in professional cycling without getting caught by the ever more invasive doping controls. He made the following comments regarding his experiences as an elite cyclist in an interview for Sportschau on German television ARD last week:

"It is easy to take anabolics, whether it is testosterone, growth hormone or something like that; and EPO and to make blood transfusions. You can easily do all of that without getting caught, and we routinely did it."

While Landis credibility has been seriously compromised by his previous dishonesty over his own doping, such an allegation about doping in cycling is not without merit. John Hoberman, a doping expert and professor at the University of Texas in Austin, described the state of cycling when he wrote the essay, "A Pharmacy on Wheels - The Tour De France Doping Scandal", for MESO-Rx in 1998.

"The Tour debacle has finally made it acceptable to say in public and without provocation what many have known for a long time, namely, that long-distance cycling has been the most consistently drug-soaked sport of the twentieth century. "

Hoberman discussed the history of doping in cycling citing German medical journalist Hans Halter:

"For as long as the Tour has existed, since 1903, its participants have been doping themselves. No dope, no hope. The Tour, in fact, is only possible because - not despite the fact - there is doping. For 60 years this was allowed. For the past 30 years it has been officially prohibited. Yet the fact remains: great cyclists have been doping themselves, then as now."

Has anything really changed since 1998? Some claim that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is now "winning the fight against doping in sports" since its creation in 1999 (in direct response to the 1998 Tour de France doping scandal). However, this assertio,n of the efficacy of WADA, may be as deceitful and dishonest as the athletes who dope. If anything, the increase in the number banned cyclists caught by WADA doping controls only confirms the undeterred doping in the sport rather than support contention that it is eliminating, or at least reducing, doping in cycling.

Read more from this MESO-Rx article at: http://www.mesomorphosis.com/blog/floyd-landis-anabolic-in-cycling/2561/#ixzz1AdJOJLV2

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