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Sunday 29, Sep 2013

  No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

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No Point Just Blaming The Riders, Says Ashenden

Anti-doping researcher Dr Michael Ashenden has defended cyclists and said they are afraid to tell the truth about doping.

Ashenden added there are more skeletons in the closet and remarked there is no question cyclists are afraid to tell the truth about what has happened both in the past and what’s continuing to happen today. The anti-doping researcher, who was behind the highly successful blood passport system with the International Cycling Union (UCI), said he is in touch with cyclists who have told him things that he is not able to take to the authorities because they (cyclists) won’t put their name to it. He went on to add that he would certainly pass the information anonymously to the authorities but unless there’s a name they can then go to corroborate that evidence, there’s nothing they can do.

The researcher added the issue of doping in cycling is bigger than the individuals who are found guilty and remarked it is not just about pulling out more cyclists and labeling them drug cheats. He said it is about asking them who was encouraging you or who was aware of this and was there any sort of structural flaws that need to be brought into the open. Ashenden said he believes that it’s the environment more than anything that has led to the problem we’ve got today.

Michael Ashenden and the UCI were clashing often in the last few months after the world governing body of cycling claimed Ashenden has an ‘astonishingly inaccurate knowledge’ of the system. UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani dismissed the anti-doping researcher’s assertion that he never had the opportunity to review Lance Armstrong’s profile. Carpani remarked Ashenden was the only one to have defined Armstrong’s profile as “normal” without making any other remarks, comments, or reservations and added the relevant documents are available for inspection by Dr Ashenden at any time should he wish to come and verify the truth of the above information.

Ashenden, replying to Carpani’s allegations, said given Armstrong’s blood results have been published and are public record, and given we now know that the anonymous code assigned to Armstrong’s results is BPT374F23, it may be possible for the remaining experts to check their own records to confirm whether they ever saw Armstrong’s suspicious results. He went on to add that he has checked his archives and cannot find any trace of the profile BPT374F23 having been sent to him again after May 2009. Ashenden concluded that whereas he had suspected this previously, it has now been confirmed that he was never asked to review the suspicious blood results of Lance Armstrong from the 2009 Tour de France.

President of Cycling Australia Klaus Mueller said he believed Australia led the way in terms of its anti-doping practices. He added there is no suggestion that the sort of conduct that we’re speaking about that’s happening overseas in the peloton, is happening over here and said he thinks we’ve got in place in Australia world’s best practices and that’s not to say that they can’t be made substantially better, but they are presently world’s best practices in relation to detecting and clamping down on dopers.

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Thursday 14, Feb 2013

  UCI And Anti-Doping Expert Clash Over Disgraced Cyclist

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UCI And Anti-Doping Expert Clash Over Disgraced Cyclist

The question of whether or not disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong doped during his comeback has sparked a dispute between the world governing body of cycling and anti-doping expert and Australian scientist, Michael Ashenden.

While Armstrong recently said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he did not use banned performance enhancing drugs during his comeback, the United States Anti-Doping Agency ruled there was a strong probability that he cheated during his comeback from 2009 to early 2011. Ashenden is very much convinced that the test values of Lance Armstrong showed he doped during the comeback and this has what led to several clashes in the media between the UCI, which is in damage control following the Armstrong scandal, and the anti-doping expert.

The Australian scientist served on the UCI panel that reviewed the biological passport data of professional riders, but resigned last year. In a media statement, Ashenden said McQuaid has been deceitful and deliberately misled the public and the media about the suspicious blood values of the banned cyclist during his comeback in 2009 and 2010 and added that the world governing body of cycling have been forced to admit that they never sent his suspicious blood values to their expert panel for the examination. Ashenden claimed doping exper

ts were only given nine of 38 blood tests provided by the Texan rider during his Tour de France comeback years of 2009 and 2010 and questioned why the world cycling body failed to pass on all tests.

Ashenden added that the world cycling body were derelict in their obligations to faithfully run the passport program if they fail to examine the raw data of Lance Armstrong when he placed third at the 2009 Tour de France. He went on to remark that the UCI was “biologically illiterate” if it had examined Armstrong’s test results from the 2009 Tour and did not see evidence of a possible blood transfusion. The UCI, on the other hand, claimed that it was Ashenden himself who cleared the blood profile of the banned cyclist before the 2009 Tour though it admits that the profile of the cyclist was never submitted to the expert panel for analysis after May 4, 2009 – two months before the Tour de France.

Ashenden does not understand the protocols of the testing process, the UCI remarked and added that his concerns are unfounded.

In another development, Hein Verbruggen, who was president of cycling’s governing body when the disgraced cyclist won his seven Tour de France titles, attacked WADA and denied he aided any cover-up of Armstrong’s doping. He added that there was simply nothing to cover-up as Armstrong, nor his teammates, never tested positive. Verbruggen, who ran the International Cycling Union (UCI) for 14 years and remains its honorary president, was deeply critical of WADA and anti-doping officials in the US and France for their failure to expose the cyclist during his career. The UCI honorary president brought forward his side of the story by delivering letters to International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and 14 other Olympic executive board members by hand at the Lausanne Palace Hotel where they have been holding a meeting of two days.

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Friday 17, Oct 2008

  Scientist disapproves of Lance Armstrong joining Tour Down Under due to PEDs-tarnished career

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lance-armstrong_dopingIt seems like Greg LeMond is not alone in his crusade to expose Lance Armstrong for what he really is – a doper.

According to the news report by the Herald Sun, the famed Australian sports scientist Dr Michael Ashenden, is not happy (that’s putting it mildly) with the news that seven-time Tour de France champ is jjoining the Tour Down Under. It was Ashenden who has made analysis of Armstrong’s urine samples taken from the 1999 Tour de France, which allegedly contained the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO).

It is obvious that Ashenden is dismayed that all his hard work will be for naught.
“It surprises me that the Tour is willing to embrace such a controversial figure,” Ashenden said.

“It surprises me in the wider context that there hasn’t been more adverse reaction to his proposal to come back.”

More from the Herald Sun:

Armstrong’s camp pointed to procedural and privacy issues over the 1999 samples and no sanction was imposed, although Dr Ashenden’s findings remain the blackest marks on Armstrong’s career.

The International Cycling Union last week ruled Armstrong could take part in the Tour Down Under, despite the cyclist not complying with a six-month drug testing program in the lead-up to the January event.

“People are dazzled by the star factor and they are not pausing to really reflect on what this is all about and whether or not it would be good for the sport,” Dr Ashenden said.
He also questioned Armstrong’s motives in appointing prominent anti-doping scientist Don Catlin to his team.

“Everyone recognises that this is prone to abuse. If Don Catlin finds EPO he can’t do anything about it,” Dr Ashenden said.

The 2009 Tour Down Under will be a week-long sport spectacle to be held in January 18-25. The Tour Down Under started in 1999 and since then has been held annually in Adelaide, South Australia, and surrounding areas. This year’s overall winner is Germany’s Andre Greipel.