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Photo c. Vivax Assist

Up until this point, the idea of mechanical doping has been dismissed by most as hilariously preposterous. Not the idea that the concept exists, but the fact that any pro would ever dare to attempt it. Products like the Gruber, now Vivax Assist that hide an electric motor inside the seat tube which powers a gear on the crank spindle have added fuel to the fire, that while preposterous, it could be possible.

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Crow revealed blood transfusion details to feds — New York Daily News

According to an excerpt from a new book, Sheryl Crow witnessed Lance Armstrong receive a blood transfusion in 2004 and told federal investigators about in 2011.
Wheelmen, written by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell, is due out next Tuesday and offers more details about Armstrong’s doping past.

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A page from Not Normal?, analyzing 21 performances on L’Alpe d’Huez

“Not Normal.” It’s what Lance Armstrong supposedly said about his rivals who were turning in performances beyond the realm of natural human possibility. Doing things that just weren’t natural.
Now, it’s the name of a new digital publication that takes aim at 21 of the sport’s top riders from different eras, and analyzes performances, in watts generated up climbs at the end of long days within stage races.
Not Normal? An insight into doping and the 21 biggest riders from LeMond to Armstrong to Evans examines riders both old (Bernard Hinault) and new (Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins), and labels performances across an index of suspicion versus believability.
It’s the result of years of research by its editor, Antoine Vayer, a French journalist and a Festina trainer from 1995 to 1998 who has written for French dailies Le Monde, Libération, and l’Humanité.
In 1999, Vayer created AlternatiV, an independent organization aimed at helping athletes who either chose not to dope, or hoped to quit using PEDs. Last year, he joined the action group Change Cycling Now.

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The sample was taken during this year’s race. He has scheduled a news conference is scheduled for Thursday and is expected to explain how clenbuterol got into his system.

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol during this year’s race, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The Spanish cycling star has scheduled a news conference for Thursday in his hometown of Pinto.

A statement from the spokesman, obtained by Cycling News and VeloNews, said the three-time Tour winner has consulted experts who “agreed … this is a food contamination case.”

Clenbuterol, used by asthma patients, is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances and is also banned by the international cycling organization that sets Tour anti-doping rules.

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