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Weisel and EpoGen Allegations

Some history for you young un's and a little more background on the possible doping relationships in U.S. Pro Cycling in the late-eighties early-nineties.

Article breezes over the Wiesel/Eddie B. [cough]doper![cough] relationship and Weisel's funding Amgen pre-IPO. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, the three come together rather elegantly to make a fine doping system.

Amgen has a long interconnected involvement with cycling. Beyond the sponsorship of the Tour of California,... The history of Epogen has been one filled with question marks involving the potential use of those specific products by the PDM team in 1990 that led to several high-profile deaths. Could the alleged experimental use of Epogen by cycling teams in the late 80s and early 90s be interpreted as a “field study” of the drug and its applications? The former doctor of the PDM team, Wim Sanders, had been investigated in the Netherlands in the late 1990s, and the name of both the company and its product surfaced during that investigation, which indicates the answer to the question could be yes.


And then there's this relationship that hasn't ever been fully investigated.

Weisel’s Montgomery Securities had financial relationships with other firms in the biotechnology sector, including 5am Ventures, the company that in 2002 brought together as its managing partners Andrew Schwab, a former VP at Montgomery Securities, and Scott Rocklage, a former CEO of Nycomed Salutar. This interesting connection has significance to cycling, as the US Postal team was revealed by French journalists to be using Actovegin, a Nycomed product, when US Postal employees carelessly dumped trash during the 2000 Tour de France.

IMHO, there are lots of unexplored and totally legitimate allegations in this article. It's old news though...

http://cyclismas.com/2011/11/the-tr...-that-shaped-u-s-cycling-in-the-armstrong-era
 
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Oldman said:
I believe there were some Master's riders on Thom's team working in the medical research field as well.

Where is our resident Masters National Champ when you need him? Maybe you can fill us in on some of the details Kevin?....Kevin? Hello...
 
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DirtyWorks said:
Article breezes over the Wiesel/Eddie B. [cough]doper![cough] relationship and Weisel's funding Amgen pre-IPO. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, the three come together rather elegantly to make a fine doping system.

I beleive there are more articles to come, including looking deaper at how Weisel and co managed to take control of US Cycling and USADA
 
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I beleive there are more articles to come, including looking deaper at how Weisel and co managed to take control of US Cycling and USADA

Here is a good overview of that.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2005-09-07/news/tour-de-farce/

Somebody should explore some of the board members and doctors of Livestrong and if they helped enable access to experimental drugs.....oh wait, somebody already is. Some 6'6" bald guy
 
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Nice article Dirty Works.

The possibility that doping in cycling could morph into the deliberate use of athletes for drug trials has made me squeamish for some time. It's far fetched, but AMGEN sponsorship of ToC seems so difficult to otherwise explain.
 

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TeamSkyFans said:
I beleive there are more articles to come, including looking deaper at how Weisel and co managed to take control of US Cycling and USADA

OMG Please no.
No No No.
Not more articles! Not more blogs!
And tweets? Nasty tweets? No Noooooooooo
All is lost, all is lost

I Watch Cycling In July said:
Nice article Dirty Works.

The possibility that doping in cycling could morph into the deliberate use of athletes for drug trials has made me squeamish for some time. It's far fetched, but AMGEN sponsorship of ToC seems so difficult to otherwise explain.

Wait, let me get this straight.
Lance was using EPO while racing as part of a Clinical Trial?
Helping others by contributing to medical research?
Really?
Oh my goodness I like that!
But do you really think people will believe it?
Really?
Ok, I will raise it up the flagpole and see who salutes.
Worth a shot.
 
TeamSkyFans said:
I beleive there are more articles to come, including looking deaper at how Weisel and co managed to take control of US Cycling and USADA

By now USAC takeover is too much ancient history. Some of the younger folks interested in the sport should be aware how reprehensible Thom/USACDF is. I want to be clear, there are some decent people at USAC. Really. The bad stuff is all well above their pay scale.

USAC membership certainly doesn't care now, didn't care when they fired the prior CEO for really, actually doing his job either and that was well after the takeover. I'd like to think there will finally be some upcoming convictions for much of USACDF and Johnson. Likelihood seems slim to none. But even if the felonies stuck, I think the members won't care if their federation is being run from prison by felons.

It's clear that USADA's work is heavily restrained by sports federations. I was not aware of the direct relationship with Weisel. Please, enlighten us.