This weekend, Femke Van den Driessche, a 19-year-old Belgian cyclocross racer, lined up at the U-23 World Championships. She’d previously won the Euros and the Belgian championships, and she was the favorite to get herself a set of rainbow stripes. But she had a bad race, and was forced to exit with a broken chain one…
If you thought Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal would be the last controversy to rock the world of professional cycling—you were wrong.
A lot of people get very upset about doping in sport. They may well have a point—but maybe a little scientific perspective is required. Randal Monroe puts the issue well in the alt text of today's XKCD cartoon:
You might have a friend who has to take them for asthma. You might know someone else who denies taking them but has gotten crazy ripped really fast and angers easily. Famous athletes are denying or being caught with them in their blood stream seemingly every day—just yesterday, MLB slugger Ryan Braun successfully…
Major League Baseball MVP Ryan Braun reportedly tested positive for steroid use on Saturday, a shock for a game whose marquee players had largely overcome their collective reputation as a tainted bunch of juicers.
Fresh allegations by Lance Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton are bad news for the man in yellow. Hamilton says Armstrong used EPO to train for the Tour de France. So what's EPO, and why is that a big deal?