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Wednesday 28, Jan 2015

  Former Team Sky Doctor Given Life Ban

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has imposed life ban on former Rabobank cycling team doctor and board member Geert Leinders, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (Doping autoriteit).

The Belgian physician was banned for his involvement in supply of performance enhancing drugs to riders. The investigation of Leinders started with the discovery of evidence by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 during the course of its investigation of doping in cycling.

A three-member panel of the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport made the decision to ban Leinders, according to USADA. The panel agreed with the charges that the charges that the alleged doping offenses involved aggravating circumstances to justify a lifetime period of ineligibility. It was found by the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel that the physician administered banned performance enhancing drugs and methods, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, LH, and corticosteroids without any legitimate medical need to athletes under his care.

In a statement, Travis T. Tygart, head of USADA, said it shocks the conscience that a board member and team doctor would abuse his trusted position by overseeing and participating in this type of dangerous and fraudulent activity. Tygart also added that ridding those in the system who attempt to justify doping as a means to an end is the only way to truly clean up cycling for current and future generations of athletes.

Leinders was the team doctor in 2007 with Rabobank when Michael Rasmussen was expelled from the Tour de France for evading doping controls in buildup to the race. In 2009, Geert Leinders left Rabobank and later worked for some riders from Team Sky.

Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD) director Lone Hansen said in a statement that Rasmussen cooperated and testified in the case. Hansen added athlete eyewitness testimony can play an important and powerful role in the investigative process, and in this case, Michael Rasmussen’s cooperation and testimony was integral to the outcome. The ADD Director added this case was an important opportunity for ADD to collaborate with our partners at USADA and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands to pursue a level playing field in cycling, and we know that continued global collaboration is the only way to provide a level playing field for all athletes in all sports.

Herman Ram, Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands, said this case demonstrates that intelligence gathering and investigations in close cooperation between independent anti-doping organizations can lead to the prosecution and sanctioning of not only athletes but also – and more importantly – of athlete support personnel. The Director of Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands also remarked we appreciate the collaborative work done on this case, and we will continue our efforts to bring to light the full truth about the culture of doping.

The physician is prohibited from training or advising athletes and participating at any event sanctioned by USA Cycling, the International Cycling Union, or any other sports agency that follows the World Anti-Doping Agency codes.

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Tuesday 09, Jul 2013

  Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

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Riis Aware Of Doping, Says Rasmussen

Anti-doping authorities have been told by Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen that Saxo-Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis knew about widespread doping in his team. The cyclist remarked Riis had full knowledge of the widespread use of doping substances in his cycling team and cited several sources with knowledge of the matter.

The news came as the Saxo-Tinkoff team owner left the Tour de France and denied his exist was linked to a probe by Denmark authorities into the use of doping by cyclists.

Danish newspaper Politiken wrote on its website that it was unlikely Riis would ever face disciplinary action though US cyclist Tyler Hamilton and Joerg Jaksche of Germany have both told Anti-Doping Denmark that Riis knew about the doping practices. Riis won the 1996 Tour de France but admitted that he used erythropoietin to win. Despite his doping admission, his win has not been officially erased from the race’s record books.

Jens Evald, a law professor at Aarhus University, remarked the contents of the testimonies are very interesting, but they are all eight years or more back in time, and the statute of limitations is just eight years.

Rasmussen, the cyclist who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, had admitted on 31 January 2013, of using EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood transfusions in the period 1998-2010. At that time, team manager Claus Hembo said we will welcome him back when his sanction is served, but then as a sports director with Christina Watches – Onfone powered by DANA. Hembo added this will be done for a man with a cleaned conscience, and as a man who strongly dissociates himself from doping, and who will forever obligate himself to be of service to the authorities in the front line of the battle against doping. After this, his attempt to increase the €700,000 euro damages awarded to him in 2008 backfired after he lost in his claim for €5 million.

Rasmussen’s most notable victories include four stages of the Tour de France, one stage of the Vuelta a España and a win on the Italian classic Giro dell’Emilia in 2002 besides winning the best climber classification in the 2005 and 2006 Tour de France. Michael Rasmussen is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike. The Danish cyclist started his career as a mountain biker, and he won the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before becoming a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he secured a one-year contract and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 following a string of good results in August and September. The Danish cyclist was accused by mountain bike racer Whitney Richards of trying to get him to transport a box in early 2002 on the pretext that it contained his favorite cycling shoes though the box contained packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute that might potentially have been used in a doping program.

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Wednesday 03, Apr 2013

  Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

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Doping On Cycling Team Was Tolerated By Rabobank

A Dutch newspaper has revealed that Team Rabobank tolerated the use of doping up until at least 2007. It was revealed by de Volkskrant that the riders were allowed to use their own products and medical staff of the team ensured that they didn’t hurt their health.

Three former riders, including Michael Boogerd, one of the Netherlands’ most popular riders, were said to have been involved in the HumanPlasma blood doping ring. A key witness in the Humanplasma scandal, Stefan Matschiner, revealed that three riders of the team were customers of the Swiss blood doping expert.

Boogerd had admitted to using banned blood booster EPO, cortisone and, late in his career, blood transfusions and said he used the banned substances from 1997 to 2007, the end of his career. He even admitted using the Austrian blood lab, Humanplasma, for transfusions. The cyclist won the Amstel Gold classic in 1999, edging Lance Armstrong in second place, and had two stage wins in the Tour de France.

Six former riders – Danny Nelissen, Marc Lotz, Thomas Dekker, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rasmussen, and Grischa Niermann — and former manager Theo de Rooij have admitted doping. Nelissen confessed to using EPO while riding for the team and confirmed that a doping system was implemented after the Rabobank had endured a low-key start to the 1996 season. Nelissen remarked the pressure of supporting a family had influenced his decision to dope. He claimed he had EPO administered by the team doctor Geert Leinders at the Tour de France in 1996 and 1997.

Rolf Sorensen of Denmark admitted to doping in the 1990s and said he used EPO and cortisone. Theo de Rooy who was team manager from 2003 to 2007 did not deny that there was doping on the team and remarked if there was doping, that was a deliberate decision by the medical staff but claimed not to know of the HumanPlasma involvement.

Theo de Rooy added it was the responsibility of each rider to determine how far he would go into the medical field and said the team management did not encourage or pay for doping, and was not officially allowed. He went on to remark that he had disciplined riders who wanted to organize their own medical care outside the team structure. De Rooy left the team shortly after Rasmussen was removed from the 2007 Tour de France after the 16th stage and was handed over a ban of two years July 2007 to July 2009, for lying about his whereabouts. The cyclist later admitted to using EPO, growth hormones, insulin, testosterone, DHEA, IGF-1, cortisone, and blood doping, for most of his professional career.

Team Rabobank announced its withdrawal from sponsoring the team in October 2012 after 17 seasons in the peloton. The team however announced its intention to continue as a ‘white label’ under a new foundation yet to be established and made an announcement that it would participate in 2013 under the name Blanco Pro Cycling Team (successor of the former Rabobank), with the intention to find a sponsor for 2014 or to stop the team otherwise.

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Friday 29, Mar 2013

  Danish Olympic Riders Were Doping, Says Rasmussen

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Danish Olympic Riders Were Doping, Says Rasmussen

Three of the riders on the Danish Olympic team were doping when they competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, former professional bicycle rider Michael Rasmussen has told anti-doping authorities.

In late January, the Dane who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey admitted to doping for 12 years and revealed he has been cooperating with authorities, including the US Anti-Doping Agency, about his drug links and cheating past. The 38-year-old revealed he used EPO, cortisone, insulin, human growth hormone, and blood transfusions from 1998-2010 when he was riding for various teams such as CSC-Tiscali and Rabobank.

According to Politiken newspaper, the former cycle star while being questioned by representatives of the international doping agency, WADA, as well as authorities in the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US explained how doping was part of the preparations of the Danish cycling team for the Olympic Games just over eight years ago. It was remarked that one of the five members of the Danish road cycling team – Frank Høj, Bo Hamburger, Nicki Sørensen, Lars Michaelsen, and Michael Rasmussen – allegedly smuggled the drugs into the Olympic camp. One of the Danes was successful in breaching the otherwise top-notch security at Olympic Games to smuggle a syringe through the control by concealing it in the battery compartment of a media device. The five cyclists shared an apartment in the Olympic Village and spent a lot of time together before the race and discussed the possibility of doping and three of the five riders injected a cortisone product.

The head of the Danish cycling authority and the team leader for the Danish team during Athens 2004, Jesper Worre, was shocked to hear the news and remarked we need to get to the bottom of this because it’s absolutely insane if that actually happened. Worre added we will try to get an overview before commenting and were not present during Rasmussen’s questioning and don’t have insight into the case. He further added that he knew nothing of such occurrences.

The information must be verified before action is taken, Jens Evald, a law professor at Aarhus University and former head of Anti-Doping Danmark, contended. Evald added that everyone that was present at the questioning is part of a confidentiality pact and just because Rasmussen says it is does not mean that it is a truthful statement and said one has to be careful not to conclude anything until the information has been verified.

        Meanwhile, Hamburger and Michaelsen both denied to Ekstra Bladet tabloid that they were doping during the 2004 Olympics. Sørensen, who is still active as a rider for Team Saxo-Tinkoff, also denied doping and said he thinks the accusations about the Olympics in the media are very unpleasant and he just wants to say that they are unfounded. Sørensen added he is willing to speak with Anti-Doping Danmark and DCU about the story.

The head of the Danish athletics association, Danmarks Idræts-Forbund, Niels Nygaard said that it would be very sad if the news was indeed true and remarked it is always sad when Danish athletes are doping, but it is even more of a shame if the Danish cyclist were doping during the Olympic Games.

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Saturday 09, Mar 2013

  Michael Rasmussen Confesses To Years Of Doping

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Michael Rasmussen Confesses To Years Of Doping

Retired Danish professional bicycle racer, Michael Rasmussen, has admitted to doping for 12 years. The cyclist who competed in road racing and mountain biking revealed he has been cooperating with authorities, including the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) about his drug links and cheating past.

The cyclist, who won the best climber classification in the 2005 and 2006 Tour de France, told a press conference that he was quitting the sport immediately. Rasmussen remarked that he had provided extensive details to Danish and Dutch authorities, the US Anti-Doping Agency, and the World Anti-Doping Agency, in a series of secret interviews in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

The 38-year-old Rasmussen was thrown off the 2007 Tour de France for failing to reveal his whereabouts to drug testers before the month-long race. He ticked off a cocktail of drugs he used from 1998-2010 and was riding for various teams such as CSC-Tiscali and Rabobank at the time. Michael Rasmussen admitted to using EPO, cortisone, insulin, human growth hormone, and blood transfusions and said he know he cheated and lied and cheated other riders and accept his punishment. The Danish cyclist said he is no longer carrying a heavy burden like he have done for the last many years and is happy that he don’t have to sit and lie anymore when he is being asked about his past. Surprisingly, Rasmussen never tested positive throughout his cycling career, but served a two-year suspension for the deception over his whereabouts.

He claimed that he was in Mexico when he was in Italy and missed three drug tests and intimated at the time that he lied about his whereabouts because he was cheating on his wife. It was reported that year that Rasmussen had used extensive amounts of EPO and growth hormones and would carry five bags of blood transfusions for emergencies if he was suddenly called upon for a blood test, although the claims were denied by him at that time.

The cyclist was first accused of doping allegations when his former agent, Stefan Matschiner, admitted blood doping his athletes and triathletes up until 2008. Matschiner claimed he supplied blood products to some former clients of Eufemanio Fuentes, the tainted doctor involved in the Operación Puerto doping scandal.

Anti-Doping Denmark said Michael Rasmussen has confessed to having used doping throughout most of his career, including in 2007 when he wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France and when he was unavailable for out-of-competition testing in the crucial period before the race. The Danish cycling federation confirmed USADA is seeking further testimony to shore up future arbitration hearings against US Postal director Johan Bruyneel and the team doctor Pedro Celaya.

Rasmussen, like disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, fought his drugs sanction, and took his sponsors, Rabobank, to court to gain performance bonuses. The cyclist now faces a reduced ban of two years, down from a possible eight-year sanction, for his cooperation with authorities and his team sponsors are planning to use him as an example to promote clean sport while he has retired from cycling.

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Wednesday 11, Apr 2012

  Insulin

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If you are looking for one of the best performance enhancing drugs to build muscles and improve body strength, Insulin can be an excellent choice for you. The fact that artificial insulin is highly effective in creating an optimal anabolic environment favorable to muscle growth without leading to side effects suggests that the muscle building hormone is the best thing for sportsmen, especially those into body building. If that was not all, insulin bodybuilding gains are nearly permanent.

This powerful anabolic agent is very effective in promoting facilitated diffusion of glucose through cells with insulin receptors that leads to development of existing and growth of new muscle tissue. Moreover, insulin is effective to increase bone density and the promotion of transportation of amino acids into muscle cells. One of the other advantages with insulin is that it helps in putting amino acids into the muscles that proves extremely useful for promoting muscle growth. Insulin is also used to increase protein synthesis and lean muscle mass when used with a highly anabolic branched-chain amino acid, leucine.

Insulin is also admired for its unique ability to stimulate significant improvements in terms of both LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), besides promoting the IGF (insulin-like growth factor) levels and increasing the binding ability of anabolic steroids to the androgen receptors.

The recommended dose of insulin is 10 g per unit and it is best to consume 5-10 grams of carbs per every unit of insulin before or fifteen minutes after injecting insulin. Some sportsmen even use insulin in doses of 20-40 IU per day and include a decent amount of mixed carbs and at least 40g of protein with each meal.

Wednesday 07, Mar 2012

  Insulin

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If you want to add weight and running short of time before a competitive event, insulin can help you in more than just a way.

Considered to be one of the most powerful anabolic agents, insulin is a protein secreted by the pancreas that acts on the liver for stimulating the formation of glycogen from glucose. It is also useful in inhibiting the conversion of non-carbohydrates into glucose and promoting facilitated diffusion of glucose through cells with insulin receptors.

One of the biggest advantages with insulin is that it is closely associated with dramatic stimulation of protein synthesis and promotion of muscle mass, body strength, and performance. By enhancing peptide chain initiation, insulin helps in making ingested protein more efficient by promoting the transport of amino acids into muscle cells. Not only this, it is also useful in increasing bone density and the IGF (insulin-like growth factor) levels. Insulin is also associated with significant improvements in terms of both LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which in turn stimulates the production of testosterone. In addition to all these benefits, it is also useful in increasing the binding ability of anabolic steroids to the androgen receptors.

It is best to take insulin in 1-2 IU or 1 IU per 10 kilograms of bodyweight up to 5-6x a day with meals though those into bodybuilding and strength athletics often use insulin in doses of 20-40 IU per day. It is very important that doses of insulin are complemented with a small amount of essential fats, a slightly larger amount of mixed carbohydrates, and at least 40g of protein with each meal.

Wednesday 16, Mar 2011

  Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of me

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Conte says Jones injected drugs in front of meVictor Conte, the founder of the designer drugs pharmacy BALCO, has revealed that Marion Jones, the greatest female athlete of her generation, was provided with insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and ‘The Clear’ (users’ slang for THG) as well as nutritional supplements.

Conte also said Jones was on a cocktail of drugs including insulin, growth hormone, EPO, and THG when she won three gold medals and two bronze at the Sydney Olympics.

Conte also said, “Soon I was working with their (Jones and Montgomery’s) rivals,” he says. It is here that Dwain Chambers, of Great Britain, enters the story, another who, despite being banned, continues to profess his innocence. Conte says he gave Chambers “the full enchilada”: ‘The Clear,’ insulin, EPO, growth hormone, modafinil and a testosterone cream.

Sunday 06, Feb 2011

  Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans together

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Calvin and Alvin Harrison serve twin drug bans togetherAlvin Harrison recently created a unique but unwanted piece of history when he was suspended for a period of four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after admitting taking a cocktail of banned performance enhancing substances.

Alvin became the second half of the first set of twins to be banned for drugs. His brother, Calvin, was suspended for two years in August for a second doping violation involving the stimulant modafinil.

Alvin Harrison won 4x400m relay Olympic golds at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic and is the third member of the US relay squad from Sydney to have either failed tests or been banned for doping, the others being his brother Calvin and Jerome Young.

Thursday 16, Sep 2010

  Treatment for prematurity with steroids put to the test

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Treatment for prematurity with steroids put to the testA study by University of Auckland that was published in the Lancet has revealed that babies whose mothers were administered with injections of steroids before giving birth have no increased risk of heart diseases at age 30 when compared to mothers receiving a placebo treatment.

The study, however, discovered possible mild insulin resistance indicators in individuals whose mothers received the steroid.

The study was supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, and the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

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