A few questions about the CO test that weren't answered when I asked them last..
Why would WADA not implement the test?
And why didn't the AFLD?
UCI would never do it, as we all know..
In its current form, the CO rebreathing method is logistically too difficult to implement and too easy to sabotage the test as it is being conducted.
Great, so now anyone wanting to win a stage/tour/race has to micro dose EPO three days prior to any possible testing. Great advance
Well it is a great advance because microdosing is only effective if you're having injections everyday or every 2nd day for weeks or months at a time. If your "glowtime" increases from 12 to 72hrs that means the risk of going +ve during out of competition testing is dramatically increased.
The test itself seems a great advance. Whether or not that is linked to more effective out of competition testing in conjunction with strictly enforcing the "3 strikes and you're out rule" is the real issue. A few years ago Michael Ashenden suggested GPS tracking as a mean to improve athlete whereabouts. At the time it got shouted down as being too invasive to privacy. Pro cycling has been such a naughty little boy however that IMO they gave that right up.
GPS track every one of them. Target most of your resources on random surprise tests in the 4 weeks leading up to the biggest races. 3 no shows and you get an instant 2yr ban.
edit: in particular... hit them with tests whenever they go to remote, out of the way locations on team training camps!