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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More Fun with Carbon Isotopes

Update your online subscriptions to the New York Times to read their article on Landis.  It is pretty interesting.  Here are some quotes:

The results of two types of tests have thrown Landis’s status into doubt. One of them, a sophisticated measure called a carbon isotope ratio test, will be difficult, if not impossible, for Landis to refute. The test examines the atomic makeup of testosterone in the urine and can determine if it is natural or synthetic.

Landis failed that test, according to a person inside the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the results. Landis’s personal doctor, Brent Kay, confirmed the finding.

Followed up by this more positive note:

But Kay said the B sample could come back negative.

“The carbon isotope was only mildly elevated,” he said. “We know, from a statistical standpoint, that the first result could have been a false positive.”




At August 02, 2006 7:26 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

Maybe he licked the boots of some chick on 'roids?

The isotope test is not good. That equipment is apparently more sophisticated than many other doping tests (it's used in other medical studies). Kay may remain optimistic, but I'm going out on a limb with this:

The B sample is positive, the isotope test will confirm foreign 'roids in his body. He'll go down as the first ever to lose the yellow jersey. Then he can go fight it and battle the same system Tyler did. He'll not ride again for Phonak, and his career is basically over. Everyone will eventually go the same way as they did with Tyler, thinking he did it rather than not.

Too bad. It really isn't as fun to watch if you have to worry about this problem all the time. Next they'll catch Boonen, then McEwen, then the chicken (he's on phosphates and salts...), and finally they'll go run the Tour with "the replacements" and you and I can sign up.


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