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November 16/02 9:41 am - Hour Attempt, Open des Nations, Drugs in Sports


Posted by Editor on 11/16/02
 

Nuttli Abandons Hour Attempt

Jean Nuttli (Sui) abandoned his attempt to break Chris Boardman's World Hour record (49.441 km) Friday evening (November 15th) after 21 minutes and 2 seconds. He had covered 17 kilometres. Nuttli made his attempt at the Bordeaux track where the Open des Nations track meet is taking place, and will make another attempt today (November 16th). He used a 57 x 15 setup for the attempt.

Fifteen minutes into today's attempt he is already behind Boardman's schedule.


Open des Nations - Bordeaux, France

Sprint
1 Laurent Gane (Fra) France Rouge
2 Jens Fiedler (Ger) Germany
3 Arnaud Tournant (Fra) France Bleu
4 Mathieu Mandard (Fra) France Espoirs

15 Alexandre Maurais (Can)

Madison
1 Roland Garber/Franz Stocher (Lat-Aut) Latvia-Austria 17 points
2 Franck Perque/Jérôme Neuville (Fra) France Bleu 14
3 Franco Marvulli/Alexander Aeschbach (Sui) 11

14 Alex Cloutier/Martin Gilbert (Can)

Elimination (Madison)
1 Jérôme Neuville (Fra) France Bleu
2. Franco Marvulli (Sui)
3. Guido Fulst (Ger)

Elimination
1. Alex Rasmussen (Den)
2. Mickaël Bourgain (Fra) France Espoir
3. Jobie Dajka (Aus)
4. Florian Rousseau (Fra)

Flying 250m Lap
1 Hervé Gane (Fra) France Espoirs 12.800 seconds
2. Jens Fiedler (Ger) 12.930
3. Florian Rousseau (Fra) 12.954

Keirin
1 Mickaël Bourgain (Fra) France Rouge
2. José Antonio Escuredo (Esp)
3. Jobie Dajka (Aus)

Points Race
1 Franz Stocher (Lat-Aut) Latvia-Austria
2. Franck Perque (Fra)
3. Vasyl Yakovlev (Ukr)

7 Alex Cloutier (Can)

Standings (after Night 1)

1 France Bleu 126 points
2. France Espoir 108
3. Germany 94
4. Latvia-Austria 83

Montréal, le 15 novembre 2002 (Sportcom) - Les cyclistes québécois Alexandre Cloutier et Martin Gilbert ont formé la paire pour terminer au 14e rang sur 16 équipes dans la course à l'américaine, l'une des sept épreuves de l'Open des Nations qui débutait aujourd'hui à Bordeaux en France.

" Notre objectif était de ne pas finir derniers ", a-t-il dit mi-sérieux. Cloutier et Gilbert sont champions canadiens de la course à l'américaine.

" Nous sommes contents de cette 14e position, compte tenu de la qualité des compétiteurs. Sur les 16 équipes présentes ici, on compte pas moins de sept champions du monde de différentes catégories. Au cours des trois dernières années, nous avons toujours terminé en dernière place avec un retard de plusieurs tours. Aujourd'hui, après avoir roulé à près de 53 km/heure sur 40 kilomètres, nous n'avions qu'un seul tour de retard. C'était assez vite merci.

" Nous prenons de l'expérience et nous nous améliorons. Notre but ultime est de participer aux Jeux olympiques de 2004 à Athènes et la France nous aide beaucoup en nous offrant de prendre part à une course aussi relevée et d'être meilleurs lors des qualifications olympiques l'an prochain ", d'ajouter Cloutier qui a de plus récolté une 7e position dans la course aux points.

Épreuve des plus spectaculaires, la course à l'américaine (également connue sous le nom de Madison - nom qui tire son origine de l'endroit où ces compétitions ont été présentées pour la première fois - le Madison Square Garden à New York), est une course où les équipes formées de deux coureurs s'échangent les relais pendant environ une heure, le tout à plus de 50 km/h de vitesse moyenne. Des sprints intermédiaires offrent des points et l'équipe qui en accumule le plus est déclarée gagnante.

Dans la course par élimination, Martin Gilbert s'est classé bon dernier tandis qu'Alexandre Maurais a pris le 15e rang au sprint. Samedi et dimanche, c'est le même horaire et toujours le même objectif.


Drugs in Sport

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) provides articles concerning drugs and doping in sport. We occasionally reprint stories that we feel are of interest to the cycling community.

From The Independent (London)

Drugs in Sport: IOC Considers Taking Insulin Off Banned List
by Mike Rowbottom

Insulin and human growth hormone (hGH) could be dropped from the list of banned substances within Olympic sports next year, purely because they have not been shown to boost performance illegally.

Dr Harm Kuipers, a member of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission, told a conference in Madrid yesterday that these two substances were likely to be dropped from the list when the World Anti Doping Agency revised it next March in time for the 2004 Games. He added that others such as caffeine, heroin, morphine, pseudoephedrine and cannabis should also go.

"Rule makers forget that everything on the list, especially the new list which will be based on scientific evidence, must be performance-enhancing," Kuipers, a former world speed skating champion, said.

"In the case of insulin there are serious side effects but no performance enhancement. Insulin should not be on the list. The motivation for adding insulin to the list of banned substances was the assumption that insulin injections could act as recovery enhancing means. However, there is no scientific basis for this assumption." He added that further study was needed on hGH, for which there is no reliable test yet in place, although he stressed it should stay on the list for the time being. "Although hGH appears to be used by some athletes, no study has shown any enhancing effect in any sport in healthy persons."


From Associated Press

November 14, 2002

Dutch mountain biker Van Dooren caught using EPO, ends career

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutch mountainbiker Bas van Dooren announced Thursday his retirement from the sport after receiving a one-year suspension for using a banned drug ahead of this year's world championships.

Van Dooren, who won World Cup races in 1999 and 2000, admitted he had used the endurance-enhancing EPO to prepare himself for the Sept. 1 world championships in Kaprun, Austria, which the 29-year old saw as a last chance to save his fledgling career. "I needed a great result to extend my career," he told the AD newspaper. And he knew the muddy track did not suit his skills.

"I have never had such a good result on a track like Kaprun. It is proof that (EPO) works," he said of his 11th-place finish.

He said he found information about EPO on the internet and paid 400 euro (US$) for the drug. He underwent a doping test two days ahead of the race when traces of the drug were still detectable. "I gambled and I lost," he told AD.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Van Dooren was in contention for a bronze medal when a flat tire dashed his hopes of a podium finish.

Apart from the suspension, which wipes out the 2003 season, Van Dooren was also given a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs (US$ 1,375).

"They'll never see me again in mountain biking," he said.

 


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