Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1998 was a while ago - do we care? Probably.

It would be nice to have a complete picture of doping in sport - all sports - globally but the truth is that it'll never happen. It's too hard, the data is lost or incomplete. Nevertheless when we have the chance to peek back at the past the temptation is hard to resist... but at the end of the day, should we care?

"Italian Marco Pantani, Germany's Jan Ullrich and American Bobby Julich who were the top three during the 1998 Tour de France were all taking the banned blood booster erythropoetin (EPO), according to reports published by French daily Le Monde." 
News: Cycling Central SBS

The samples in question are old but the test is probably valid. Worth noting that Pantani is not around to defend himself.