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KFC gets 4 year ban for doping violation
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Cosmic Kid

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08/16/2021 07:17 AM
No, the initial tests are comprised of a “base level” analysis….and that seems to be sufficient for most tests / riders. IF, however, there is additional evidence (as in a bio passport irregularity), then they can go and do a second, more precise analysis.

It is evidence driven. Not sure why that is seen as a problem.

They don’t run the second tests all the time because it is too expensive and unnecessary.
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Cosmic Kid

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08/16/2021 07:28 AM
Fairly even-handed analysis if KGC’s response to the situation….

https://www.cyclocosm.com/2021/08/the-comptons-god-awful-response-to-katies-positive-is-everything-you-need-to-know-about-this-case/
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Orange Crush

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08/16/2021 12:41 PM
CK is correct that the anti-doping playing field is same for everyone. The fact that most have not been subjected to more detailed investigation is reflection of how the antidoping system works.

Basically, all athletes are subjected to routine testing. This testing is for a number of possible doping substances. If measured concentrations of substances remain below established thresholds then you're good and receive a nice form letter as Compton did initially. If any concentration is above threshold then that is deemed a potential positive (doping violation) and athlete can request a B-sample analysis. This testing is straightforward but it leaves a lot of room for micro-dosing and things like that. Basically it removes the opportunity for a doping free for all but does no more than that.

The biopassport just uses the data from routine testing but looks a things more holistically. I.e. it looks at outliers or trends in the data. This is a lot more complicated but could theoretically detect potential for microdosing (for example, a slowly increasing trend in concentrations of a certain substance or a sudden spike outside normal variability). This then triggers follow-up and that is what tripped Compton. This biopassport is also done for all athletes, I guess they are just smarter dopers than Compton or she just got unlucky.

Ironically a biopassport becomes a lot more valuable for athletes that have been around for some time as there's a lot more data to work with. I am wondering how baselines (normal ranges) are established. Say you start establishing a baseline range for a new athlete but he/she is doping as baseline is being established, then that baseline would be skewed. This is tricky stuff.
longslowdistance

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08/16/2021 10:12 PM
Thanks for this explanation, it is helpful.
Orange Crush

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08/17/2021 09:23 AM
This just in
https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/why-katie-comptons-doping-case-is-so-shocking/
longslowdistance

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08/19/2021 08:24 PM
So I'm reading the deeper dives, including on CN and other sites, and they make a very plausible case the KFC got the shaft, she bought a steak that was enhanced, and the system is so dialed in that it concluded that she was enhanced, too.
So here's what I want to know: are PED doses that come from a meal or three from tainted beef enough to actually increase performance? I'm not an expert but I'll wager 10 grand that the answer is no not at all no brainer.
If basically not, then this puritanical scarlet letter system needs a major reassessment. \ If "scarlet letter" is not familiar to you, here's a reminder of 'Merica's puritancial roots: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter
79pmooney

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08/19/2021 09:48 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 08/13/2021 12:20 PM
... We also live in a time where the long list of banned substances are in all kinds of foods and over the counter medications, often not well documented. The possibility of unknowing injesting something within the detection window over near two decades at the top of the field and being tested many, many times just doesn't sound completely remote to me. ...
https://www.swisscycles.com/why-katie-comptons-doping-case-is-so-shocking/

"Compton told Cyclingnews she suspected some beef she’d had for dinner the night before the doping control was to blame. The meat was not organic and, in the US, the FDA allows ranchers to implant their cattle with a wide range of hormones, including testosterone, to promote growth provided the levels of the hormones are “below a safe level” when the cows are slaughtered.

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Hajo Seppelt and the German broadcaster ARD – who helped uncover the Russian state-sponsored doping scheme in 2014 – released a documentary that is possibly relevant to Compton’s case in July. In ‘Doping Top Secret – Guilty’, researchers at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne tracked a dozen people who were “administered small amounts of various anabolic substances … via the skin using a carrier substance – by briefly touching the hand, neck or arm”. Despite the “extremely small doses”, the steroids could be detected 15 days later.

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Not saying she's clean.  But I think there is a real possibilty she got bagged for an "offense" that was completely without intention (and like lsd, I wonder if the amount was enough to accomplish anything).


Orange Crush

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08/19/2021 09:48 PM
It’s possible it was an accidental ingestion. US farmers are certainly allowed to put a lot of junk in their cattle. Only Alberta or BC beef for me. And that’s what it should come down to for Compton as well. As a professional athlete there’s an inherent obligation on these matters. Just like any profession has its rules of conduct. It’s not like we have a lot of athletes tripping the biopassport. So should the system be overhauled? Probably not. Did Compton get a raw deal? Possibly but it’s still user error.
Cosmic Kid

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08/19/2021 10:07 PM
"Compton told Cyclingnews she suspected some beef she’d had for dinner the night before the doping control was to blame


Ingested beef is not gonna trigger something abnormal in her bio passport…..which she keeps conveniently ignoring.

Again, it is amazing how these tests only catch people who ate some “bad beef” and unknowingly put steroids into their system, but never catch any actual dopers.

So weird…./sarcasm
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Cosmic Kid

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08/19/2021 10:14 PM
As a professional athlete there’s an inherent obligation on these matters


And again, see her comments when Betsema got busted and “proved” she had accidentally ingested something contaminated. KFC wasn’t having any of it and got high and mighty, “you are responsible for what you put in your body!!”…..but she is singing a whole different tune now.
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longslowdistance

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08/20/2021 04:05 AM
Was Betsema busted for similarly trace amount?
79pmooney

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08/20/2021 09:17 AM
CK, if this was accidental from something like bad beef, what would you expect her to do or say differently? Yes, she blasted Betsema and now the shoe's on the other foot. She is looking just as human as the rest of us.

As OC says, as a pro athlete, she needs to stay on full time care to watch what she ingests. But, she's been on this routine nearly 20 years. Retirement was looming anyway. She let her guard down a little. No excuse for world class pro athlete on a pro athlete's giant salary. (Yeah right. As a CX woman. I bet she and her partner could have had a considerably higher household income working rather ordinary jobs.)
Orange Crush

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08/20/2021 09:22 AM
LSD - Betsema tested positive so a direct adverse analytical finding, not a trace amount. But they were able to show that it originated from an authorized (approved) supplement that turned out to be contaminated anyway. Same rule as for Compton as to strict liability of what you ingest irrespective of whether it’s approved.

https://www.cxmagazine.com/denise-betsema-claim-contaminated-supplement-positive-steroid-test
Orange Crush

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08/20/2021 09:34 AM
Compton and Nash as well as others insisted on strict liability back then and now the shoe is on the other foot: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/betsemas-back-dated-six-month-doping-ban-is-bull$4it-says-compton/
Cosmic Kid

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08/20/2021 11:46 AM
CK, if this was accidental from something like bad beef, what would you expect her to do or say differently?


Not necessarily....but it makes her "higher than thou" stance look really, really bad. But more importantly, if it was an accidental ingestion of "bad beef", you would not have had the adverse finding in her bio-passport....a fact KFC conveniently keeps skipping past.

She let her guard down a little.


No she didn't....she doped.
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