Originally Posted by Tinto
For the first time, World anti-doping officials have test results that say results show samples tied toArmstrong indicate the use of EPO, (gets more oxygen into the blood), as far back as 1999. Armstrong has re-issued his standard denial.
I hope the tests are wrong. Armstrong is an inspiring figure, and it would be sad to see him proved a cheat.
This already shows what is wrong with the story. World anti-doping offcials? The WADA was not involved with the so called testing, what they have now in their hands isthe same thing you and I have, the L'Equipe's news report. The test were done by some investigators reporters that sent some frozen b-samples from the 99 TdF and they say that it "unquestionably" show traces of EPO in the urine.
However, there is no way to prove or disprove. For example:
1. There were no standard way to freeze the samples untiol 2002.
2. The director of the Doping Control Laboratory at Montreal's Institut National de la Recherché Scientifique, a lab that pioneered the testing of EPO, said that EPO degrades after 3 months and they don't recommend that samples that are stored longer than that, be tested.
3. When testing for doping control is done, the utmost confidentiality is used, until the second (and sometimes 3rd samples) are tested, if that can't be done, the result is considered negative as there are inconsistencies with the test.
I can go on and on.
Lance might have doped himself, I have no idea, but the accusations and the way they are presented by this newspaper are an all time low in sports journalism. Accusations without base, without the methodology to prove or disprove and most importantly, without the accused being able to defend himself.