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8 Random thoughts on doping

July 31, 2013

Why does everybody “drive across the border” to buy drugs? Is it the thrill of potentially getting caught by border guards (yes, those still existed in Europe back then). What a lonely life where everybody dopes all on their own, without any help. With some exceptions (and more so in later years), pro riders have […]

The doping solution

August 23, 2012

Jonathan Vaughters’ interview with Bicycling had this interesting section about anti-doping efforts: Vaughters called for better anti-doping enforcement. I ask what he meant by that. “Money,” he says. Money funds better testing, and research for better tests, so that anti-doping authorities can keep up with advances in cheating. Even though teams do fund most anti-doping, […]

The perfect doping crime

February 27, 2012

Contador’s case made me think of the perfect doping crime. This is not related to his guilt or innocence, but rather to the process he went through (most of it outside of his direct control, but a clever athlete could aim for these steps on purpose). There are three main types of perfect doping crimes. […]

CAS confirms “self-disqualification” after doping accusation is stupid

February 23, 2012

You may have noticed how CAS did the math in Contador’s case. They took the 24 month sentence, then deducted the roughly 12 months that he raced and for which the results now have been annulled. They also deducted the 5 months of his self-imposed leave from the sport at the end of 2010, when […]

Ideas to combat doping – Idea 6

June 18, 2010

Idea 6: More teams in the big races Right now there is an enormous amount of pressure on the marginal teams, those fighting for the last spots in the Grand Tours and Classics. Instead of 22 teams of 9 riders or 25 teams of 8 riders, change to 30 teams of 5 riders. That way […]

Ideas to combat doping – Cedric Vasseur guest blog

June 15, 2010

Cedric Vasseur, former professional cyclist and president of the CPA (the professional cyclist union) from 2007-2009, contacted me about the anti-doping blog posts I have been writing. I asked him to put his thoughts in a guest blog, which he graciously did. I corrected a few typo/grammar issues, but the content below is his. Please […]

Ideas to combat doping – Idea 5

June 8, 2010

Idea 5: Salaries & pensions This may provide the biggest break-through but also meet the most resistance. As with all of the previous ideas, it could work in any sport, it’s not cycling-specific. Think about the guy who dedicates himself to his sport for a decade or two, struggling to make a living, only to […]

Ideas to combat doping – Idea 4

June 6, 2010

Idea 4: Education I once asked a group of riders: “Why does a sponsor pay you money?” It was quite difficult to get an answer. My next question was” “Why does a sponsor STOP paying you money?” Also not easy. This to me is incredible, how can you not know why you are getting paid […]

Ideas to combat doping – Idea 3

June 3, 2010

Idea 3: Professional management As long as we do not have professional management at all levels of this sport, we’ll be spinning our wheels and the sport will never reach its full potential. We have a long way to go in this regard, but things are slowly improving with some new teams entering the peloton […]

Ideas to combat doping – Idea 2

May 31, 2010

Idea 2: Enough already with the second, third and fourth chances. If all convictions are justified and the public has transparency into their legitimacy, penalties can be increased. 2 years for willful cheating is not enough. Sure, it’s more than the 4 weeks in football (see here and here), but 2 years fly by. Let’s make it […]