Just found some interesting, albeit very discouraging, reading at cyclingnews. Apparently they've come up with a list of around 40 riders from the 2008(!) Tour who have been identified as having cheated. It's unbelievable to think that they'll nail the cheats a whole year after the fact. Crazy. That could completely mess with the top 10 placings for both the 2008 and 2009 Tours.
Following a link to a previously published article about 2 possible new drugs in the peloton I found this description of one of the drugs to be especially disconcerting...
The second drug that Bordry suspects is AICAR (aminoimidazole carboxamide ribonucleotide), or the so-called "exercise in a pill" which made news in 2008. Scientists discovered that in mice, the drug can boost endurance in the absence of actual training. The drug was found to convert fast-twitch muscle fibers to the more efficient slow-twitch fibers that benefit endurance athletes
OK, so now you can actually convert muscle fibres and the natural composition of said muscles? Scary.
Now, to a more serious matter. Will the 2009 Tour Fantasy Pool results be revisited if it turns out 40 of this years racers weren't eligible to compete????
Kidding. But seriously, how disillusioned would you be if Cobo were caught out as a cheater...(ok, you probably wouldn't be all that surprised, or disillusioned...) BUT, what if it were proven that members of the "clean" teams were caught out - Vandevelde for example. That might be tough to swallow.
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