The title of this is a little misleading. They have been testing for EPO at the Tour of California for a long time. Not since the inception of the race, but for nearly the past decade.
The story here is that the UCI is finally allowing collaboration between the testing agencies and allowing USADA to do testing at the race. This is a big deal, freeing up more resources for testing, which should allow for better testing and more of it.
They also announced that they are testing for synthetic testosterone, CERA and hGH. I’m not sure they should be announcing this before they do the testing, but they did. Before, like in Floyd Landis’ case, you had to have a skewed TE ratio before they tested for synthetic testosterone. Now they are just looking for the synthetic testosterone straight out. Seems better.
I’m not big on testing. I think that the athletes, or their doctors, are way ahead of the tests. But, the threat of retroactive testing might be enough of a scare for trying out new products to deter some usage.
Anyway, I never understood why all the anti-doping agencies weren’t in this together and now it seems that Brian Cookson, head of the UCI, is serious and making it happen. I have to applaud him for this.
Don’t think they can test for Aicar. This explains a lot of these huge weight fluctuations. Click the CC to get the English subtitles.