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  •  The one that finally did it (1+ / 0-)
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    for me was 1996. Bjarne "Mr 60%" Riis, long known for having an outside chance on a flyer in a transition stage, at the end of his career makes the podium in 1995 and is the monster of the 1996 Tour. On a team with Piotr Ugrumov, Jan Ullrich, Evgeny Berzin ably assisted by the good Dr Michele Ferrari.

    •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

      It still shocks me that T-Mobile, and its previous incarnations, still sponsors that team. Half of them were doped to the gills at one point or another it seems.

      The first terrible one I remember watching was Pedro Delgado in 1988. He got away on a total technicality. There's little doubt in the minds of many cycling historians that he did enough junk to make a mule a Kentucky Derby winner, when in all likelihood he didn't really need it. That was a great example of the look the other way era in cycling.

      "You're watching Fox! Give us 10 minutes, we'll give you an ass!" - Jay Sherman

      by Aragorn for America on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 07:25:49 AM PDT

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      •  1988 (0+ / 0-)

        ISTR the whole PDM team withdrew around then (might have been '89). The scuttlebutt was tainted injections by the medical staff. Perhaps bad vitamins (yeah, right).

        IIRC Delgado tested positive for a drug that could have been used to mask steroids. In this day and age he'd have been thrown out, so there is at least some progress.

        •  FWIW (1+ / 0-)
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          The PDM thing was in '91. I had to look it up because I wasn't exactly sure. The excuses there were a total crock of crap as evidenced by how often they changed. I remember watching it on TV. I think the excuse at first was "stomach flu".

          Delgado did test positive for Probenecid, the masking agent. It was banned on the Olympic drug list but not the UCI's at that point, hence he got off on a technicality. I believe the UCI was in the process of adding it to their list at the time but hadn't yet. I don't know much about the chemistry, but I gather Probenecid has no real use for an athlete other than to mask something.

          "You're watching Fox! Give us 10 minutes, we'll give you an ass!" - Jay Sherman

          by Aragorn for America on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 10:04:36 AM PDT

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