Tag Archives: Doping

Default to Magic

When I was 10 or 12, my mother assembled a synergy of coupons so powerful that our local supermarket paid her nearly a buck to take home two 4-lb. jars of grape jelly. For the next two years ...

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Hamilton Comes Clean

In American cycling, the proverbial other shoe seems to keep dropping. Tyler Hamilton’s revelation that yes, in fact, he did use EPO, that everyone was using EPO, that he saw EPO in Lance ...

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Intent

Alberto Contador has been determined to have Clenbuterol in his system. Clenbuterol is a banned substance. Contador is guilty of doping, right? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s consider the ...

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Civil

The weekend shooting in Arizona has the United States—indeed, much of the world—discussing the need for civility in political discourse and beyond. The shooting of Representative Giffords is a ...

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Negative Capability

It’s about more than the contents of Alberto Contador’s urine. In an 1817 letter to his brother, the English poet John Keats expressed the idea of negative capability, which he ...

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The Bust

The 2010 winner of the Tour de France has tested positive for a banned substance. Doping authorities have revealed Alberto Contador tested positive for clenbuterol on July 21. Clenbuterol is a ...

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Friday Group Ride #36

Alejandro Valverde, Roberto Heras and Isisdro Nozal at the 2004 Vuelta The final Grand Tour of the season is upon us and that can mean only one thing: You’ve planned your Labor Day Weekend. ...

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Defending the Throne

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Lance Armstrong announced he was coming out of retirement in September of 2008, many presumed he would take up his career where he left off—winning the ...

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Friday Group Ride #25

Now that we’ve been given the gift of mechanical doping, I am thinking about all of the little bits of gear that help me along my way every day, the gloves, the helmet, the shorts and ...

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A Scalpel, Not a Hatchet

Last night I was finishing Graeme Fife's excellent Inside the Peloton, published in 2001, when I read the line "We have now, I think, won the battle against EPO..." I chuckled aloud. My ...

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