Have not really followed Lance's testing. But please explain as to why he was not penalized if it is true that first generation samples showed use of EPO ? Good lawyers ?Under ACrookedSky said:No need. They already found first generation EPO in Armstrong's samples.
And the testing on anonymous samples managed to find Beltran (who was just caught), Hamburger (who later admitted EPO use), Armstrong (of which there is mountains of evidence that he doped), and another rider (who was already serving a suspension for doping when the results came out). What an amazing coincidence.asgelle said:A non-validated testing protocol.
I have it on good authority the test it was supplied to the anti-doping agency by Roche, makers of CERA. Ricco just had the arrogance to think he was still one step ahead.ChuckUni said:Apparently the test that popped Ricco is still not approved, so probably would not stand up in court.
terzo rene said:Anything other than recombinant human EPO is technically an easy catch because it's a significantly different structure than the real thing. But you have to know it's out there before you would develop a test.
There is also the expense to consider because one small change to the molecule and you need a whole new test and after a few generations of cat and mouse pretty soon it's several thousand per sample to try and find everything that's out there.
It's a losing battle from the start without even getting into gene doping which is supposedly already in limited use in sports.