24 Jul '14, 8pm

Great article. How much does EPO help performance?

In previous posts, we’ve looked at the data from the East German doping “machine” published by Franke & Berendonk in 1997 in Clinical Chemistry , looked at the effect of a steroid programme on performance. That paper showed a great example of how a ‘mediocre’ shot-put athlete became a world record holder, driven on by a 17% improvement in ONE season . But, that was steroids, not the most widely used drugs in cycling, though they are certainly used, if the tests and testimonies are believed. There are benefits to using steroids, for sure, in that they will assist in recovery. There is ample evidence of how testosterone levels fall progressively during a period of hard training or racing and so the correct use of steroids will improve recovery and thus performance in the longer races. But we’re more interested in EPO. There is plenty of evidence that shows indirect benefits,...

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2007/11/the-effect-of-epo-on-...

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