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  • Stuart Conway

To dope or not to dope ...

It was of some interest to us at the bike shop when news broke about the 19 year old Belgian cyclist who had entered a pro competition with a concealed motor in her racing bike. Technical details were thin on the ground but presumably a small battery would have been concealed in the down tube powering a tiny motor connect to the crank. I couldn't see how this arrangement would assist that much until it dawned on me that the world of professional sport is all about eeking out the tiniest of advantages to gain a competitive edge. This is extremely prevalent in cycling, where there are continual developments in both the bikes and the rider to push the boundaries of what is legal. This kind of mechanical doping is yet another test that will have to happen to pro riders post race.

And just as we thought human doping was all but eliminated in pro cycling along comes the exposure of Sir Bradley Wiggins and his 'legal' injections pre grand tour. In my opinion the explanation by Wiggins and team Sky just make a complete mockery of the whole issue of how the system is set up. The medical team at Sky say this is about asthma and this is how they managed to get some performance enhancing drugs legally into their star performer and sponsor magnet so that he could perform on a level playing field. Well sorry but if you have asthma, and I am also a sufferer, I think it is unlikely you would be able to win the Tour de France. You shouldn't be able to arrange injections to give you a better chance, I think I'll enter the tour next year; my plan is to ring the UCI and tell them I have Lazy Bastard Syndrome ( life long sufferer ) and ask for an electric bike so I can compete on a level playing field.

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