Armstrong Ban

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15/06/2012 at 09:25

I didn't realise that the USADA have only charged him and don't have the power to ban him from competing...so it looks like the IM france lot have taking that decision and excluded him from their race....does seem rather odd

Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/06/2012 at 09:36
m.eface wrote (see)
May favorite bit is the British Triathlon Federation ban anything that is performance enhancing which always makes me laugh. TT bikes are performance enhancing, as is a good diet, and even training. The Brownlees have even gone on record to say they have trained - it is clearly perfromance enhancing so ban them.

The triathlon magazines are chock full of adverts for gels, supplements, drinks etc all sold on the basis that they'll improve performance or aid recovery.  Which is exactly what the banned stuff is supposed to do.  The line has to be drawn somewhere, it just seems a bit arbitrary sometimes.  I mean, caffeine is OK (up to a point) but LSD isn't?

Flat Foo.ted wrote (see)

I didn't realise that the USADA have only charged him and don't have the power to ban him from competing...so it looks like the IM france lot have taking that decision and excluded him from their race....does seem rather odd

It's the WTC that have banned him from all of their events rather than the IMFr organisers specifically.  Perhaps he'll come & race the Outlaw instead.

15/06/2012 at 09:37

DV - the charge against the doctors has been there from the start if you look at the document leaked by the NY Times.  essentially USADA are charging key figures in what was the old US Postal Team - that includes LA, Johann Bruyneel (team manager) and the quacks - which was party government funded.   that's the nub if USADA's charges

FF - WTC have a clause in their pro contracts (which LA is racing IM events under) which bans any athlete "under investigation" from racing in their events - although there is a rider that states "and is subject to review" which could allow him back in.   UCI/ITU/USAT rules allow athletes to continue racing while under investigation - the ban only comes when they are proven guilty and can be retrospective (as per Contador etc) but of course LA isn't racing their events.

there is a curious parellel with Marion Jones who was always suspected of doping but always tested clean - she only got banned on her own admission of doing so and through that she helped finger a large number of others involved in supplying and cover up.

IF LA was to do the same, assuming of course he DID dope (let the jury decide), then it might help clear the sport clean up but at the same time he has so much to lose, let alone credibility.

Edited: 15/06/2012 at 09:38
15/06/2012 at 09:40

and if you haven't seen this you should do so 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia6dV_G5UxE&feature=player_embedded

it's very very funny - Hitler replies to the LA ban

Edited: 15/06/2012 at 09:41
Rafiki    pirate
15/06/2012 at 09:53

Excellent FB!! Very amusing!

19/06/2012 at 14:02

Interesting interview with one of the blokes who began the EPO testing and his 'interpretation' of LA's test results.  It's long and rather uncomfortable reading for LA supporters, like me!

http://nyvelocity.com/content/interviews/2009/michael-ashenden

19/06/2012 at 14:43

Prince Siegfried - that certainly is an interesting article... It's amazing how fluffy they were at the start of the testing procedures for EPA. I do wonder about the element of manipulation that's possible after a race with samples from the runners.

30/06/2012 at 08:38

Now he's been charged 

30/06/2012 at 11:17

What I think is wrong is that he's not allowed access to the documents because of fear of intimidation to those making the charge or assisting the defence.

How can you prepare for that ?

30/06/2012 at 11:18

And what's happened to the US Jeopardy Law, once you've been charged and found Not Guilty how can they file the same charges again for the same offenses.

30/06/2012 at 13:53

Presumably it's being conducted in accordance with normal US legal procedures - it's no use us bitching about it - as he's nailed on guilty why would you be worried about it being unfair anyway.   

30/06/2012 at 20:29

If Armstrong is found guilty after a fair trial its odds on he will be jailed along with the 90% of defendants who end up in court. One in every hundred people in the US is currently in jail.

01/07/2012 at 15:56

Jeesus - people are really still unsure?  He beat everyone else who were doping for that long without doping himself?  That's like Usain Bolt having only one arm. Have a look at this to see how come it's all quiet and why so many people have so much to lose if Armtrong goes down.  You'll notice the two tw@ts from TV coverage on there.  Probably explains the comment just now that Contador is serving a ban for 'Clenbuterol' (no he's serving a ban for failing a drugs test but then we don't want to talk about that now do we?) and apparently 'it's believed that this was due to a food supplement' with the implication it's unjust and accidental and not part of any widerspread doping issue - at which AC is without a shadow of a doubt central.  Believed by who?  Certainly not those two berks who must have a lot more knowledge than the armchair fan.  Crikey they're so far up LA's @rse they could probably see Bruyneel's feet - who could probably see Pat Macquaid's!

As you were.

01/07/2012 at 19:00

Contador is a cycling dinosaur. He simply didn't get the message that for drugs in cycling it was all over.

02/07/2012 at 16:57
Couldn't Run A Bath wrote (see)

Jeesus - people are really still unsure?  He beat everyone else who were doping for that long without doping himself?  That's like Usain Bolt having only one arm. Have a look at this to see how come it's all quiet and why so many people have so much to lose if Armtrong goes down.  You'll notice the two tw@ts from TV coverage on there.  Probably explains the comment just now that Contador is serving a ban for 'Clenbuterol' (no he's serving a ban for failing a drugs test but then we don't want to talk about that now do we?) and apparently 'it's believed that this was due to a food supplement' with the implication it's unjust and accidental and not part of any widerspread doping issue - at which AC is without a shadow of a doubt central.  Believed by who?  Certainly not those two berks who must have a lot more knowl

that pdf does enhance the experience of listening to the itv commentators reading out the marketing collateral for whatever region the tour is passing through


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