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Few details in the story, but this is kind of distrubing. He used to ride for Slipstream.

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Lange accepts two-year suspension for positive test
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that Michael Lange has accepted a two-year suspension due to a positive drug test while competing at the 2008 Tour of Qinghai Lake in China. Lange tested positive for strychnine, a stimulant, as a result of a urine test carried out on July 15, 2008 during the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

While the 25-year-old Lange tested positive and has accepted the penalty for the violation, no facts were revealed that he intentionally ingested strychnine, according to a statement from USADA.

Lange's suspension began on August 4, 2008 in accordance with the rules for a first offense. He is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and since July 15, 2008, the day the sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

Lange competed for the Jelly Belly Cycling Team in 2008, his fifth year of racing professionally
 

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Did Slipstream have their internal testing program in '07 when he rode for them? Unless ex Garmin/Slipstream riders start turning out positives like Ex-USPS riders... I don't think you can draw too many conclusions. If you want to connect dots, it would be far easier to look at T-Mobile in '07 and all of the evidence that riders were doping left and right when they had an internal testing program.

Being completely uneducated in such things, it sounds a bit funny to have strychnine called a stimulant... though a quick wikipedia search reveals it is and has a history of being used as a performance enhancer.
 

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Being completely uneducated in such things, it sounds a bit funny to have strychnine called a stimulant... though a quick wikipedia search reveals it is and has a history of being used as a performance enhancer.
"Common knowledge" amongst people I knew was always that LSD is cut with strychnine, and basically bad acid had a bunch of it while good clean acid had little or none. If that is actually true, I can vouch that it is a pretty potent stimulant.
 

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Too many details that we don't know. Lots of water under the bridge already too, but what a weird thing to test positive for and not something that Jelly Belly would want associated with their product.
 

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rook said:
The title of your article should read, "Jelly Belly Rider Positive for illegal substance".
How about "Strychnine Jelly Belly flavor not good idea"
 
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