Frank been a naughty boy?
Could be a false positive.
Just embarrassing for him tbh, he’s sucked hard this tour.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Technically, it’s not a positive doping test – he’s been caught using a “specified substance” which isn’t performance enhancing in itself but can be used as a masking agent to hide genuine performance enhancing drugs.
Or he may just be suffering from water retention…
Is anyone really surprised? Both the Schlecks were implicated in Operation Puerto…Posted 5 years agoaaMember
frank has performed ‘unbelievably’ at times, it’s no surprise.
When somebody climbs any mountain at the same pace of faster than their contemporaries but show no sign of effort, whem everyone around them is f*kd then it looks suspicous. The schleks have on occasion done exactly this.
The doctor, i dont understand, the diuretic is being reported as bei g on the uci banned list.Posted 5 years agoSuperficialMember
Yeah there would be no direct benefit of taking diuretics. But they increase your urinary volume and therefore decrease the concentration of any other substances, presumably with the aim of taking the concentration beneath the detection threshold.
It’s very suspicious, although without knowing the accuracy of the assay to test for the xipamide itself, I have no idea what the false-positive rate is.
This looks like a good article for anyone interested in the physiology:
(Xipamide is a thiazide-like diuretic in the same class as indapamide which is mentioned in the article, I don’t think it mentions xipamide separately)Posted 5 years agonicko74Member
I did snigger, in a ‘not funny’ way during the ITV4 interview with Jens Voigt. “Yes, this tour is clean”.
Question is really – how stupid? Surely it has to be a mistake on Schleck’s part – reinjecting previously tainted blood? You wouldn’t think that you could use something like a diuretic during the Tour and not be noticed, shirley?Posted 5 years agotwistedpencilSubscriber
nicko74 – leave Jens out of this 🙂
Any man that can face plant like him needs utmost respect. ‘Ard as nails.
I’m buying his argument that this is a cleaner tour than in previous editions. F Schleck did a Landis in a small way with been blown out of the back of the peleton at the start of the mountains to riding with the leaders a few days later. Wait for the ‘I had a few beers to cheer myself up’ argument to complete the circle.
Wonder what Andy’s been taking while recuperating…Posted 5 years agoatlazMember
Both the Schlecks were implicated in Operation Puerto
I know we don’t want to let facts get in the way of things but the only one who was implicated was Frank. And cleared (admittedly by his own national anti-doping agency)
And so, a great Tour (At least for British riders!) will be soured by a drug scandal. AARGH.
It’s not like Frank was a GC contender. If Cadel suddenly tested positive then yes, soured. For me I find the cynicism of Brailsford now deciding to “investigate” his team doctor (once it has become a question in the press) more of a shadow on Team Sky’s performance than Frank getting busted.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
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