Nov 8 2005
So, in case you missed it, the big news is Roberto Heras has tested positive for EPO. Coverage has been pretty wide-spread so far. While Heras has maintained his innocence and blamed a lab mix-up for the positive, the news couldn’t have come at a worse time for his team. The positive sample, from Stage 20 of this year’s Vuelta, if it holds up, would disqualify the diminuative Spaniard from the event, eliminating his 4th and record-setting Vuelta win, and instead conferring the ’05 title on Denis Menchov, whose directeur sportif has already taken the liberty of claiming the young Russian doesn’t want it (scroll down). A positive B sample would mean “disaster” for cycling, according to the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a race director, but he’s probably just embarassed because this sort of thing has happened before (search “Arroyo”) at his race.
To me, it makes no sense to take EPO so late in a three-week event, especially one that marks the end of your season (see link in “EPO” above), but as I am understandably unfamiliar with the nuances of EPO microdosing, I can’t really weigh in on the topic. Interestingly, the only web pages that attempt to shed light on microdosing are cycling discussion forums, which makes me wonder if it isn’t an anti-doping boogeyman. If you can find a reliable news source with some information on the topic, please, let me know.
Other news is understandably scarce, though if you scroll down in the “big” link above, you’ll find a few tidbits. There is also, of course, some inoffensive tech news, in which three high-end products recieve sterling reviews (“sell your children”!?), and a fourth works through some eloquent circumlocutions to the effect that, yes, Zipp wheels do tend to break when used, but are sweet while they work. And if that’s not enough, Lennard Zinn clears up some technical issues involving products you can’t afford.