Biological Passport

Jens Voigt’s Suitcase of Courage will not fit in the overhead compartment.

Jens Voigt facts on

And let me tell you, about the only place that feels good right now is my right ankle. The rest of me is all road rash. Plus I’ve got five stitches in my left elbow and then there are some ribs that are not in the right place! I may have to get x-rays, but I hate x-rays (the radiation), and plus, if I’ve got a fractured rib, what can anyone do about it?

Jens having to resort to using a bystanders bike to catch up in the 2009 TdF

If ever there was a man to admire for his HTFU attidtude, its Jens Voigt. If he were to ever be found to have doped, well then I think I would drop my daks,run down the champs elysees singing Rehab by Amy Winehouse.

Good to hear that Jens come out and state he was clean.

“I can answer that question easy and quickly: No! There is nothing to confess or admit in my career, so relax, people. There is no bad news coming from my side”

Read more here

voigt – stage 16 – 2009 tdf via telegraph
voigt via cycling weekly



The biological passport was introduced in the 2008 season and applies to all riders with the Union Cycliste International (UCI).

The principle behind the passport is that certain drugs have an impact on cyclists biological parameters, either raising them or lowering them, and therefore making it possible to detect doping without the necessity of a failed drug test.

The UCI developed in close collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the individual biological passport of a rider is an electronic document that includes:
  • the results of urine and blood tests,
  • the rider’s haematological profile,
  • the rider’s steroid profile.

The major innovation of the biological passport is that it combines blood and urine tests to establish riders’ individual limits (individual haematological and steroid profiles).

The individual limits allow more accuracy (compared with the limits set for the population) in determining whether or not a rider has used illegal methods.

The profiles are established after several blood and urine tests.

The haematological profile can show blood manipulation (for example use of EPO).

The steroid profile can indicate the use of steroids (such as testosterone) thanks to urine tests.

The biological passport requires the strict implementation of a protocol, established in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency. The main points of this protocol are described below:

  • Athletes’ whereabouts:in order to allow the UCI to carry out controls at any time, the riders must provide details of their movements by means of the ADAMS system (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System) managed by WADA. (Remember Rasmussen? “Chicken” wasn’t in Mexico when he said he was. Chicken was leading the biggest bike race in the world when his team pulled him from the race for his little white lie)
  • Sampling:urine and blood samples are taken from riders in and out of competition. All samples are taken by UCI approved officials.
  • Analysis of samples:this is carried out by a laboratory accredited by WADA, the UCI and the Swiss Quality Control Centre (CSCQ).
  • Interpretation of results:the world’s leading experts analyse abnormal blood profiles. They advise the UCI on whether to open disciplinary proceedings for a breach of the anti-doping regulations.
  • Sanctions: the UCI may decide to commence disciplinary proceedings on the basis of the experts’ recommendations. Proceedings can lead to the sanctions established by the World Anti-Doping Code.

All riders on UCI ProTeams, UCI Professional Continental Teams with wild card status and other teams wishing to apply for this status have a biological passport.

The “ True Champion or Cheat? “ programme

Launched in September 2009 the “True Champion of Cheat?” programme is an interactive on-line education programme aimed at riders. It makes the athlete and his/her entourage aware of the regulations, of ethical dilemmas, and of health matters linked to doping. This programme is obligatory for all riders subject to anti-doping tests and members of a national or professional team. The National Federations are the UCI’s principal partners in ensuring this programme is followed.

Don’t you just love the typo on the UCI page – “True champion OF cheat”


Vintage – 2006 – A Very Good Year

  • Stephen Alfred of the US, tested positive for Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in an ‘out of season’ test on 26 March, and an ‘in competition’ test on 10 June 2006. Further tests indicated that his testosterone imbalance resulted from the presence of exogenous testosterone. 
  • Jaime Bretti of Chile tested positive for Phentermine in competition on 4 May 2006. The UCI summary of ‘Decisions on Anti-Doping Rule Violations made in 2007’ stated “disqualification and ineligibility for 2 years.”[245]

  • Kamil Dominian of Poland tested positive for Stanozolol on May 20, 2006. 
  • Jörg Jaksche was one of the 9 riders held out of the 2006 Tour de France after being identified by investigators in the Operación Puerto investigation. On 30 June 2007 Jaksche admitted he was guilty of blood doping and that he was the Bella mentioned in the documents confiscated from Fuentes’ clinic
  • Rafal Kumorowski of Poland tested positive for Cannabis in competition on 4 August 2006. 
  • Floyd Landis was fired from the Phonak team on 5 August 2006, after a test result indicated an abnormally high testosterone/epitestosterone ratioafter stage 17 of the 2006 Tour de France. On 20 September 2007, he was stripped of his title as winner of the 2006 Tour and placed under a two year ban from professional racing, following an arbitration panel’s 2 to 1 ruling.

  • Maxime Lefebvre of France ‘Failed to Comply’ with the ‘in competition’ testing on 29 December 2006 and 2 January 2006. 
  • Christian Luce of France. Anti-Doping Rule Violations made in 2006′ listed Testosterone 
  • Joseph M. Papp of the US tested positive for metabolites of testosterone or its precursors (6?-OH-androstenedione 6?-OH-androsterone) 
  • Aitor Osa from Spain was involved in the Operación Puerto doping case. The Guardia Civil in Madrid linked numbers used by Dr. Fuentes to identify blood sample bags to names; number 1 to Ullrich, number 2 to Basso, number 4 to Botero, number 5 to Sevilla, number 7 to Aitor’s brother, Unai Osa, number 8 to Aitor Osa himself.[292]
  • Ilaria Rinaldi of Italy tested positive for Testosterone in competition on 18 July 2006. 
  • Michele Scarponi was implicated in the Operación Puerto case. On 8 May 2007, Scarponi confessed his role in the case.

  • Sascha Urweider was suspended by Team Phonak after a positive A-test for testosterone. Urweider blamed a nutritional supplement he bought without team doctors advise.


South Park Treatment

“South Park, along with the rest of the world, feels lost and betrayed in this week’s brand new episode ‘A Scause for Applause’ when a beloved icon is caught up in a doping scandal,” says Comedy Central.

“The nation starts cutting off their symbolic wristbands in protest, all except for Stan who can’t seem to let go just yet…

A promo video for the episode showing characters queuing to have their yellow bracelets ‘safely removed,’ with Cartman saying: “I can’t believe we all got duped. I’ve been wearing this stupid thing for months.”

School counsellor Mr Mackey is more conflicted about the situation, though. “I don’t know what to believe in anymore,” he wails, as his bracelet is given the snip.


Website of the week

Sports World Intelligence

How many times have you watched your favorite sport and got puzzled with an unexpected play or move or by a referee or judge decision?

And how often have you zapped out a sport event broadcast because you were not familiarized with its origins, purposes or rules?

Sports World Intelligence aims to provide up-to-date information on the backgrounds, rules and technical aspects of each and single most popular sports at a continental and worldwide scales.


Toy of the Week – 1983 50th anniversay Campagnolo

In 1983 Campagnolo released a special gruppo for their 50th anniversay.

The 50th anniversary gruppo was beautifully engraved, had gold accents, and came with its own presentation case.

Gruppo 00002 was presented to Pope John Paul II. There were approximately 15,000 of these anniversary gruppos made.

Till next week

Tight Spokes


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