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Just like Zabel - I used epo in 1996 & never again
Interesting that 2 riders who admit to epo doping - Julich & O'Grady - are only on the suspicious list & Hamilton who admits to using epo in that year, is absent completely.
http://m.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/stuar ... 2qk04.html
A bit of a shock to those who championed O'Grady for so long. Do people now believe that he has not used it (or any other forms of PED) since? Let's just face it, it was a time of dope vs dope. Morality within the professional league just isn't worth discussing.
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- not all samples were retested (neither did all riders originally provide samples).
- The threshold for being confirmed by that 2004 test was far higher than it is today. The suspicious list would be deemed a positive A sample by today's standards but of course the correct anti-doping protocols cannot be used (e.g. ability for athlete to request B sample analysis etc)
I didn't say they didn't. I don't know if they did or didn't. But you seem sure that him (and others) stopped doping, which is quite a claim, so I'd like to know what makes you so sure.
IMO what's even worse than him doping in the first place is waiting until after he's retired and implicated before making a half arsed 'woe is me' confession. I don't care about excuses, cheating is cheating, they all knew the rules.
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I'm absolutely gutted even though I know I shouldn't be surprised. And in my disappointment I find the "did it just the once" line hard to believe.
Which means I've gone from enormous admiration to complete distrust. I like to think the best of people and this does not feel good
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Perhaps I'm a little more forgiving than some others on here but a single positive test from 1998 until now would change my mind of course. There hasn't been one, and the sport relies on proof of guilt rather than the opposite. There is no practical mechanism from the UCI for any rider to come clean without being found out first. If there was we could have got past this drip-feed of old results years ago.
But If O'Grady had quit at 30yo everyone would have questioned the decision and been suspicious then anyway. I think on balance it's better that he continued to ride as long as he did, and I'm prepared take him at his word that it has all been clean since 1998, especially given there have been no adverse test results in that period.
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The UCI has to shoulder the blame for this. They banned a substance with no actual means of enforcing the ban. It's fairly apparent that in 1998 everyone was on EPO. With no way to get busted, and the certain knowledge that everyone else was on it, you would either take it yourself or go home. Under those circumstances I have much sympathy for the riders of that era.
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While I don't find it surprising he was doping, I do call BS on him stating he sourced his own PEDs and doped himself without the knowledge of the team.
At the very least, they would (the team, or people within the team) have told him what to get, where to get it and how often to use it, and I find it pretty hard to believe that he simply drove to the nearest pharmacy, asked for EPO and went from there.
Anyways, as I said before, I'm not surprised at all, and you'd have to be a little naieve to think that Australian cyclists were immune from the drug sagas of the 80s and 90s.
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It's that lovely catch 22 there
I agree. He being a cyclists with no other academic/scientific background, how could he know about the pharmacology and administration methods of EPO? I can understand that he is trying to avoid dobbing on mates, but the statement that he did it all himself is total BS. But again, that's just the time in the business of professional cycling. Any lie is no more than the lies we find in the commercial world.
Hardly! Applied to 2013, are you suggesting that UCI should not ban gene therapy given it's not readily enforceable? UCI would have been to blame if they did not ban it when they are aware of any substance that has PED properties.
agreed. these were different times. i really doubt anyone in the peleton from that era hadnt "tried it once". in their situation, in those times, who wouldnt have. it appears not many....
Had O'Grady ever publicly made claims to never having used PED's? That's the main thing for me - not whether he tried it once or not, but whether he's lied about it and if so how blatant and upfront were those lies.
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I couldn't be bothered going back through 18 years of lies, but here are two from articles from cyclingnews last year.
O'Grady in "shock" following evidence in USADA report
Doping was never an option
"O'Grady said it was unfair that Armstrong's confession tarnished the wider peloton. ''The problem with people like Lance or any drug cheaters, they think everyone else is doing it so they have to do it. When in fact not everyone else is doing it,'' O'Grady said. ''They go on to bigger and better things and eventually it proves that it doesn't matter who you are, if you're Marion Jones or Lance Armstrong, if you cheat you will get caught.''
http://news.com.au/sport/robbie-mcewen- ... 6557025866
yes, the riders were set up to fail. casting the issue as simply cheating or not cheating is grossly over-simplifying the matter. virtually everyone in the 1998 era was doping - how is it that they were all so dishonest? it's pretty clear that the circumstances heavily influenced them to 'cheat'.
in defence of the UCI, measures such as the 50% hemocrit level were imposed to protect the health of riders, who otherwise were tempted to turn their blood into soup and drop dead in their sleep. this is more important than cheating in a sporting event.
Well, this is what he said - "doping was never an option".
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it's obvious that someone can either choose to admit to doping, or lie about it. the former kind of defeats the purpose of doping, leaving them with the latter - denial. why are people outraged by this?
i'm not excusing it, but the lying goes with the doping. it's not an aggravating factor.
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The days of Australian cycling being drug free were always a hope for the best until 2013. Now I'm left gutted, pissed off and wondering why I supported our boys for so many years. Grades was a sporting hero of mine because he championed clean competition.
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Damn straight! He wore the yellow jersey that year! "Insert profanity here!".
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Many times, publicly and to formal investigative sources. Most recently was the Nicki Vance report commissioned by OGE.
I see no reason to believe his most recent statement is any more truthful than all his prior statements denying ever doping.
I still want to know the outcome of the Vinnicombe revelations on the current senior cycling official who assisted with his doping. That seems to have been conveniently swept aside.
It's sad that it has to come to this to get O'grady to confess. He would have happily played along acting like it had never happened if this didn't come out. It's also sad that these results have been known since around 2005 but they've just been sitting on them.
I was actually expecting and a bit surprised Jens Voigt wasn't named.
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