Doping the Mechs?

Apr 26, 2010
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Ok, I don't remember the stage-I think it was Stage 19 or 20 and there was a wheel change. What I saw caused me to think. I saw the mechanic with the sticky wrap ace bandage type around his arm where blood would normally be drawn. I was curious to know if the mechanic had recently visited the Red Cross to donate or what? Curious also if perhaps the teams use the mechanics as "guinea pigs" with the doping products? It seems like most of the mechs are cycling enthusiasts also (hence the job) and most likely are in decent riding condition. Thoughts?
 
Rockets160 said:
Ok, I don't remember the stage-I think it was Stage 19 or 20 and there was a wheel change. What I saw caused me to think. I saw the mechanic with the sticky wrap ace bandage type around his arm where blood would normally be drawn. I was curious to know if the mechanic had recently visited the Red Cross to donate or what? Curious also if perhaps the teams use the mechanics as "guinea pigs" with the doping products? It seems like most of the mechs are cycling enthusiasts also (hence the job) and most likely are in decent riding condition. Thoughts?
Donor --> Acceptor

Dave.
 
Rockets160 said:
Ok, I don't remember the stage-I think it was Stage 19 or 20 and there was a wheel change. What I saw caused me to think. I saw the mechanic with the sticky wrap ace bandage type around his arm where blood would normally be drawn. I was curious to know if the mechanic had recently visited the Red Cross to donate or what? Curious also if perhaps the teams use the mechanics as "guinea pigs" with the doping products? It seems like most of the mechs are cycling enthusiasts also (hence the job) and most likely are in decent riding condition. Thoughts?
It helps the mechs increase their wc/kg (wheel changes per kilogram), plus gives them more power and speed for the pushoff to get their rider rolling again after the swap is finished. Remember, it's all about the marginal gains...
 
Well, they aren't on the road though, so doping them would be expensive and not really productive because everyone responds differently to doping.

The life of a mechanic is not easy. The hours are very long, the work isn't the safest, though far less risky than racing.

IMHO, I think many mechanics would fail WADA tests for stimulants before/after the races. During the race? Lots of sitting in a car and just waiting. Not sleeping, waiting.
 
May 26, 2010
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It was Will Voet who also tested the stuff on himself to ensure the cyclists would be ok!

He obviously gave some to Kelly's team mechanic.
 
Apr 13, 2010
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Benotti69 said:
It was Will Voet who also tested the stuff on himself to ensure the cyclists would be ok!

He obviously gave some to Kelly's team mechanic.
And Conconi certainly tested on hisself too...
 
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