Enduro rider caught doping*
Didn’t see this on the forum yet, quite surprised at the wishy-washy response to this – although I suppose the topic has gone nuclear since this.
So who’s your money on?
* sort ofPosted 5 years ago
Far, far too lenient.Posted 5 years ago
We cannot afford to get tarred with same brush as the roadies.
I really hope that when he returns to racing (actually I hope he will do the decent thing and not return but the kind of person who cheats like that is unlikely to the decent thing) that the other riders will get together and refuse to race against him. All on the start line, we won’t begin until he is removed. It would put the organisers of his first race in an awkward position but I think peer pressure of that kind will be a bigger disincetive than bans or fines.
Actually, where do organisers stand? Could they have a rule saying they will refuse entry to anyone who has ever failed a drugs test? I know there were issues with lifetime bans from team GB at the olympics but could race organisers just say we aren’t having you, go away?
I know there are other ways to cheat but drug taking is a deliberate, premeditated action, not a lapse of concentration or spur of the moment error and we cannot afford to give second chances to these people.timb34Member
Dunno who this is, but the positive test is for the same diuretic that Kolobnev was done for during the 2011 TdF – he was eventually cleared of intentional doping due to traces of the drug being found in an over-the-counter medecine that he’s been recommended by his doctor.
Hopefully the FFC have seen evidence to suggest that the positive test is from this type of contamination and that’s why they’ve handed down a minimum ban.
However, without anything to support this it’s just as easy to start getting outraged and fire up the pitchforks.
Regarding race organisers, I think that if races are sanctioned by the national federations then they have to abide by the WADA code, so they can’t impose extra punishments on riders who have served their ban (similar to what overturned the team GB/BC ban on former dopers).
It’s a different story for non-sanctioned races, they can do what they want. To be honest I thought that the Megavalanches were unsanctioned!Posted 5 years agoRickosMember
That’s 2011. You need this one…
Ash from TransProvence is all over this and fuming!
EDIT – whoops!Posted 5 years ago
The doping took place at the Megavalanche event on 26th November 2011 in St Paul (Reunion) and the result established on 20th December 2011. It took until May 2012 for the report to be made and conveniently took until 6th September 2012 for action to be taken. Thus the racer has been allowed to race a full season following the doping coming to light.
Can you edit yours Rikos to save a bit of confusion? Don’t want another Lord McAlpine incedent now do we (whole other can of worms there!)Posted 5 years agotimb34Member
Not sure you can do it like that Rickos – drug testing is done for at least the first 3, and then on randomly selected riders, even if they didn’t finish. So you need the full START lists, eliminate all FRA/REU riders who did the 2012 edition, then work out who didn’t ride/isn’t riding in the ban period.
Or just wait for the riders name to leak.Posted 5 years agoTrimixMember
Well perhaps the fans (us etc) should find out who it is and out them. As too should the sponsors.
It would be a shame if this is kept quiet.
If you cheat at this level you really should be banned for life. If you know you cheated and got caught there is no excuse. The sport should be trying to be a role model FFS !Posted 5 years ago
I’m going to hazard a guess that if it’s who I think it is, it’s likely to be a mistake. My local chemist warns me every time I get something whether or not it’s likely to lead to a failed doping test (maybe Frank Schleck needs to use my chemist too). About 50% of what I get fits into that area and you’d have to be a moron to dope at the Mega for such a low placing.Posted 5 years agomtbmattMember
I’m going to hazard a guess that if it’s who I think it is, it’s likely to be a mistake. My local chemist warns me every time I get something whether or not it’s likely to lead to a failed doping test (maybe Frank Schleck needs to use my chemist too). About 50% of what I get fits into that area and you’d have to be a moron to dope at the Mega for such a low placing.
Assuming what you are buying/getting is for medical purposes then so long as you can produce a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) then you able to take that drug. It might not apply to all drugs, but if you need something for medical reasons then you are able to take it.
Most chemists wouldn’t have a clue what it on WADA prohibited/banned list. It also isn’t for the chemist to tell you if something is banned, that is ultimately down to the athlete to check via WADA.
As for this case in particular, the drug found is a masking agent that can be used to cover up another banned substance. I doubt it would be taken by mistake.Posted 5 years ago
mtbmatt – Well I don’t ride in anything sanctioned but the last few times I’ve been in there they usually ask me if I’m doing sporting events if I’m taking anything involving opening the airways (so a bad chest/cold). I have two lots of stuff at home they were clear contain prohibited stuff. If I was a serious competitor I’d be going to the docs about it but obviously it’s not so important.Posted 5 years ago
i wonder what kona thinkabout all this
ill pop over to their fb page and ask……
oh and an off season ban is a fcking joke
If enough of us do (not just STWers but bikers in general) Kona will have no wish to be associated with him and will let him go. Hopefully they will do that of their own accord.Posted 5 years ago
It’s going to take some pressure from the fans/other riders to stop him getting sponsored again. If they won’t ban him properly there are other means of stopping him racing again.
As someone said above, accidents happen, but not with masking agents.
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