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rick james said:
Rob27172 said:
Will be interesting now the Murdoch empire is starting to lose money if they still continue to fund minority sports as much as the big boys.
Could the funding be about to dry up for team skyhigh
what Sky Tv pays on advertising, team Sky budget is a drop in the ocean for them.
Sky has said that the advertising value they get back coverage given by the team is worth over £500million.
The Rich dont throw money away. If Sky/Murdochs think it is not worth the 20Million (or whatever) they put into it they wont.

If motors are proven, then the sport is officially defunct. It is not far away.....the general public has long associated the sport of cycling with doping. That millions watch in July has only been the concern for Sky and that has been proven by their allegiance to ASO and TdF.
 
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Hi all,
Long time reader, first time poster. I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, searching around I didn't see anything really specific to this.

I look at the riders of today, and Team Sky in particular and they're characterized by unnaturally thin physiques (at least the climbers/GC types) and these stories of rapid, dramatic weight loss without a loss of power. I know most on here will point to new generation methods like AICAR as an explanation and there's certainly evidence it has been utilized especially when it first came out.

But with all that's come out in light of the Wiggins TUE affair, I can't help but wonder if teams (or riders) aren't just using good old fashioned corticoids outside of competition to achieve the same end. Most teams spend large blocks of time away from competition on team training camps. Drugs like the now infamous Kenacort are completely legal outside competition (although totally unethical for this intended use).

So my question to you all is, is it possible these guys are disappearing off to these 2-3 week camps and going on a course of cortisone to shed the weight, before returning to competition? I'm not sure on how long it lasts in the system but it seems like no TUE would even be necessary depending on the timing. Look at Froome, you would think he would have a TUE history a mile long, but as revealed by Fancy Bears he's hardly had any his whole career.

If you look at it through this lens it backs up Sky's whole "right up to the limit of what is legal" mantra and also explains more and more teams opting out of the MPCC with its stricter rules on cortisol levels.

Again not sure how long the stuff is detectable by testing in-competition, so I could be completely off base here. I know it's kind of conspiracy-theory prone but I just can't help shake the idea when I look at some of these guys and how much physiques have changed in recent years.
 
Tick tock:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/michael-barry-and-team-skys-unethical-use-of-legal-medication/

I still can't get my head around Tramadol use though. I've seen what that drug does to people (used in a controlled way) and I've no idea how anyone could function properly, let alone ride a bike after taking it. WTF were the doctors giving them and how? Cos it certainly WAS NOT the full strength pills you get after a major operation say.
 
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rick james said:
Tick Tock? tramadol isn't illegal
I never said it was. I said it was controlled. i.e. used when needed and PRESCRIBED by a doctor. It IS illegal to buy it in the UK without a prescription. Go and ask your local pharmacist for some. Say Dave sent you and wave a wee Union Jack flag, you might get lucky..
 
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It looks like Sky's great wall of silence is starting to crack. How anyone can believe what Sky are doing is a result of hard training and "marginal gains" is beyond comprehension. Then again a lot of people believed Armstrong.

I wonder when froome is going to come out with one of his statements in incredulity and call for more testing.
 
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MikeS369 said:
It looks like Sky's great wall of silence is starting to crack. How anyone can believe what Sky are doing is a result of hard training and "marginal gains" is beyond comprehension. Then again a lot of people believed Armstrong.

I wonder when froome is going to come out with one of his statements in incredulity and call for more testing.
Which type of testing:
(a) go-forward drug testing
(b) retroactive drug testing, for new compounds
(c) go-forward motor testing (real version, not the ipad app)
(d) retroactive motor testing
(e) Common Entrance Examination for those who believe he and/or his bike are clean
 
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ferryman said:
Tick tock:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/michael-barry-and-team-skys-unethical-use-of-legal-medication/

I still can't get my head around Tramadol use though. I've seen what that drug does to people (used in a controlled way) and I've no idea how anyone could function properly, let alone ride a bike after taking it. WTF were the doctors giving them and how? Cos it certainly WAS NOT the full strength pills you get after a major operation say.
As someone who has used Tramadol i dont know either, my reflexes went to *** on it. But you build up a tolerance though. But still, even though it aint prohobited i still see it as endangering to the other riders, as i said before your reflexes go to ***.
 
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Wow. Doctors writing scripts to let riders eat opioids during races is very very sketchy business.

Tramadol is a strong painkiller that is prescribed to treat, as wikipedia puts it, "moderate to moderately severe pain" (I was prescribed some after surgery on a broken wrist, and yes your reflexes are strongly affected, but on a 50 mg dose you are still able to ride [if you don't value your life all that much]) - they are most certainly not meant to be handed out to healthy riders to help them push through pain barriers. It may still be on right side of the antidoping regulations, but it is no less unethical than PED use. In fact it may be ethically murkier than a lot of PED use, because of how dangerous it is. Especially in combination with abuse of "sleeping pills".
 
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MartinGT said:
Why has 'Gee' gone to South Africa? Isn't Teide good enough any more?

Will we see 'Gee' smashing GW and RvV then holding his form, losing 4kg and then becoming a GC rider for the Giro?
aye because it done wonders for Boswell at the Giro last year :lol:

and "Gee" isn't doing any classics this year
 
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MartinGT said:
Why has 'Gee' gone to South Africa? Isn't Teide good enough any more?

Will we see 'Gee' smashing GW and RvV then holding his form, losing 4kg and then becoming a GC rider for the Giro?
Thomas, (Gee) decided to go in SA this year

he's there with Froomeey who is a local, has been racing and training there since he began riding a bike

in S.A. now there are also: Tom Dumoulin (Major Tommee) Matthews (Blingee) and Geschke (Geshckee) Caleb Ewan (Eewee) and full Orica Scott team (Orikeee)
 
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Important to be able ride in all types of weather to perform. Also training in warm weather is not great for racing in cold weather.

SA training = doping.
 
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pastronef said:
MartinGT said:
Why has 'Gee' gone to South Africa? Isn't Teide good enough any more?

Will we see 'Gee' smashing GW and RvV then holding his form, losing 4kg and then becoming a GC rider for the Giro?
Thomas, (Gee) decided to go in SA this year

he's there with Froomeey who is a local, has been racing and training there since he began riding a bike

in S.A. now there are also: Tom Dumoulin (Major Tommee) Matthews (Blingee) and Geschke (Geshckee) Caleb Ewan (Eewee) and full Orica Scott team (Orikeee)
Michael Hepburn is still here in Brisbane, saw him out this morning.
 
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I have a feeling that one reason Tramadol is given out so freely is probably because it doesn't (didn't?) have the same stigma as a narcotic painkiller. I suppose that's changing, and probably should. Having been prescribed it twice after cycling crashes, I can wouldn't want to be in the peloton full-bore with someone under it's influence. That being said, it never made me drowsy, quite the opposite, but it probably affects everyone differently.
 
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BEE1885 said:
Hi all,
Long time reader, first time poster. I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, searching around I didn't see anything really specific to this.

I look at the riders of today, and Team Sky in particular and they're characterized by unnaturally thin physiques (at least the climbers/GC types) and these stories of rapid, dramatic weight loss without a loss of power. I know most on here will point to new generation methods like AICAR as an explanation and there's certainly evidence it has been utilized especially when it first came out.

But with all that's come out in light of the Wiggins TUE affair, I can't help but wonder if teams (or riders) aren't just using good old fashioned corticoids outside of competition to achieve the same end. Most teams spend large blocks of time away from competition on team training camps. Drugs like the now infamous Kenacort are completely legal outside competition (although totally unethical for this intended use).

So my question to you all is, is it possible these guys are disappearing off to these 2-3 week camps and going on a course of cortisone to shed the weight, before returning to competition? I'm not sure on how long it lasts in the system but it seems like no TUE would even be necessary depending on the timing. Look at Froome, you would think he would have a TUE history a mile long, but as revealed by Fancy Bears he's hardly had any his whole career.

If you look at it through this lens it backs up Sky's whole "right up to the limit of what is legal" mantra and also explains more and more teams opting out of the MPCC with its stricter rules on cortisol levels.

Again not sure how long the stuff is detectable by testing in-competition, so I could be completely off base here. I know it's kind of conspiracy-theory prone but I just can't help shake the idea when I look at some of these guys and how much physiques have changed in recent years.
Quite a plausible theory ~ I suppose the question is this: corticosterioids have been used/abused for ages, but it's only in more recent times.......pretty much since Sky came in....that the super skinny GC/climber has become the model for success.

Think about the way Michael Rogers physically transformed when riding for Sky; he was clearly on the whole smorgasbord through the 00's, but in '12 he became super skinny and started putting out his highest watts ever.....whilst sitting on the front riding tempo, pulling back every attack by talent could previously drop him like a stone.
 
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Well put hegelian. That gets to the crux of the matter.
Corticoids and also highly effective weightloss drugs like Clenbuterol (according to some still the drug of choice for weightloss) have always been available to the cyclist.
Clearly corticoids and (illegal) TUEs is only a (small) part of the answer.
I'm still thinking aicar.
Remember Eric Boyer thought aicar, too.
 
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