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Offline Somniloquism

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #480 on: March 08, 2021, 08:25:39 PM »
MvtP has posted his ride stats on Strava. He went from 500 watts to 1350 watts up the 15-20% section of the climb hitting 17mph.

https://www.eurosport.com/cycling/strade-bianche/2021/strade-bianche-2021-cycling-video-legendary-mathieu-van-der-poel-seals-remarkable-win_vid1443507/video.shtml

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #481 on: March 12, 2021, 07:44:09 PM »
Unless Richard Freeman names who the testosterone was for, fingers will be pointed with suspicion at every single British cyclist. It's a sport I love but no matter what I see now whether on the track or the road I will have to be suspicious of any cyclist that does well.

I always believed that British cycling would be above the need for doping but looks like I was wrong. I was inspired by Lance Armstrong who's story was incredible, I was in awe of Pantani on his ability to climb the mountains and every fucking one of them was a fucking doper. 


From the BBC.
Ex-British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor Richard Freeman has been found guilty of ordering banned testosterone in 2011 "knowing or believing" it was to help dope an unnamed rider.

A medical tribunal ruled Freeman ordered Testogel with the knowledge "it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance".

It added that Freeman's actions were "incapable of innocent explanation".

British Cycling said the finding was "extremely disturbing".

Freeman had previously admitted 18 of 22 charges against him but denied the central charge about the purpose of the Testogel order.

The hearing will resume on 17 March, when the tribunal will consider if Freeman's "fitness to practise is impaired".

During the tribunal, which has lasted for more than two years, Freeman said he was bullied into ordering the drug by former British Cycling and Team Sky performance director Shane Sutton to treat his erectile dysfunction.

Sutton denied those claims, and claimed Freeman was lying. The tribunal ruled Freeman's claims were an "elaborate falsehood".

It ruled the motive for Freeman's actions was to "conceal his conduct". Only one charge was found not proved - that he knew the Testogel was not "clinically indicated" for Sutton.

In the tribunal's written reasons, it said: "In May 2011, Dr Freeman, the team doctor for a team of elite cyclists and a member of the anti-doping working group, ordered a doping 'drug of choice' for that sport.

"Upon its arrival he was dishonest about why it had been sent, removed it from the velodrome, and it was never seen again. The tribunal found that Dr Freeman has been dishonest in its regard ever since."

In a statement following the General Medical Council (GMC) verdict, Sutton said he was "saddened by the whole affair".

"I feel for the doctor; that he ever got into this situation, and I remain disappointed that I was used as a scapegoat," he said. "It has caused great pain to both me and my family.

"But it also saddens me that this episode has cast a huge shadow over the success we enjoyed, both at Team Sky and British Cycling.

"I'd like to stress that neither I nor Sir Dave Brailsford [general manager of Team Sky (now Team Ineos) and former performance director of British Cycling] knew about the testosterone order. But I think it's important to find out who the doctor ordered it for."

Team Ineos said Freeman "fell short of the ethical standards required of him as a doctor and acted dishonestly".

In a statement, it added: "However, the team does not believe that any athlete ever used or sought to use Testogel or any other performance-enhancing substance.

"No evidence has been provided that this ever happened or that there has been any wrongdoing by any athlete at any point.

"We will continue to give our full support and co-operation to UK Anti-Doping, as we have done throughout this process, as they continue to investigate his conduct."

British Cycling chief executive Brian Facer said: "The wider actions of Dr Freeman described in the tribunal fall a mile short of the standards we expect."

He added substantial changes had been made to medical services and governance at the body since Freeman's suspension four years ago.

World Anti-Doping said it noted the verdict "with concern" and would support authorities "to ensure that all possible lines of enquiry are exhausted".

UK Sport said the case "must send a clear message to staff, athletes and sports fans that doping will not be tolerated" while the British Olympic Association pledged to support the "pursuit of the truth."

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #482 on: March 16, 2021, 12:49:19 PM »
Womens OVO Tour of Britain starts and end in Walsall on Oct 5th if given the go ahead by the UCI. Full route to be confirmed. I'm assuming it will go up via North Birmingham and Cannock / Lichfield way. Arboretum finish?

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #483 on: March 16, 2021, 05:56:20 PM »
Menís ToB comes past our way down in Devon on Day 2, Iíll probably head out onto Dartmoor and catch them at a one of the 2 major climbs of the day.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #484 on: March 17, 2021, 03:50:27 PM »
I went to the one when they rode through Warwickshire in 2018. Caught them in Kenilworth but on a downhill section with the castle in the background so they didn't hang around for long. Then cycled down to Leamington for the sprint finish to watch Griepel power along at 50mph on the straight for the win.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #485 on: March 17, 2021, 04:01:09 PM »
I went out on the route in 2014 when it came through Berkshire, even on a Cat 3 climb they're past you like a shot, nothing quite like being up close to a peloton like that though, the noise & the proximity of men and machines is rather special.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #486 on: April 16, 2021, 10:46:16 AM »
Tremendous win for young Tom Pidcock at Brabantse Pijl midweek, beating Van Aert
in the process.

At the other end of the scale good to see Cav winning three successive stages of the Tour of Turkey.  Might be a second division race but three straight wins is pretty impressive at any level.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #487 on: May 10, 2021, 08:53:28 PM »
Giro stage 3 today, wow, thatís a way to win a stage. Brilliant

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #488 on: May 12, 2021, 01:35:04 PM »
Giro stage 3 today, wow, thatís a way to win a stage. Brilliant

And that is the way to give an interview afterwards. Up there with Mads Pedersen and Cecille Ludwig.

 


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