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Drummer Boy

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Re: Chris Froome
« Reply #2790 on: July 10, 2018, 14:41 »
But salbutamol, in high doses, is believed to work almost like an anabolic steroid, a.o. stripping every gram of extra fat you might have.

This touches on an important aspect of all doping. It seems not uncommon that various substances have been used in ways that "experts" either hadn't anticipated or simply don't understand. It's almost quaint now to think back about the accusations of Landis using testosterone. People may forget this, but at the time, there was no shortage of doctors, trainers and other "experts" who openly questioned if testosterone would even be useful to cyclists, even though it was listed as a banned substance.

Yes, this argument was actually made at the time. The belief being that (A) Testosterone was primarily used to build muscle mass, and that bulking up was contrary to what a TdF-contending cyclist would want to do to their bodies, and that (B) the benefits of testosterone only occurred gradually and after a period of time of sustained use. At Floyd's USADA hearing, I remember Joe Papp's testimony where he explained how he would almost instantly feel the benefits of testosterone, and how micro-dosing was used to avoid testing positive. That his testimony was called into question at all is laughable ten years later. Testosterone use, in small doses, as a recovery agent isn't disputed by anyone anymore. It was probably one of the more commonly abused PEDs for many years. And yet, at the time, many people, including some in the medical field, simply couldn't wrap their heads around it. It was a failure of imagination, if ever there was one.

This is why I generally ignore all arguments in support of athletes when it comes to why, how and for what use, certain substances may or may not be used. Cheaters are always ahead of the game, and imaginative uses and applications of products have always been key to their methods. A drug designed for one ailment may have often have hidden or unintended benefits for an athlete when applied in an unconventional manner, or one in which the drug was never originally conceived for.

So if more than one cyclists is ever found to have some sort of topical cream that's marketed for making finger nails shinier, or a spray that is marketed for making eyebrows more stylish, I'll just assume that someone discovered that mixing either one of them with their morning coffee resulted in increased stamina and/or speed, regardless of what the products manufacturers may claim.


Sidenote:
Joe Papp, one of the most infamous of admitted dopers, was himself busted for using testosterone at the Tour of Turkey in 2006. And yet he, too, claims that although he was plenty doped-up on other products at the time, testosterone wasn't one of them. So much for testing. Go figure.
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