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Women’s Road Race: Jeanson Declared Unfit To Start!

Genevieve Jeanson has been declared unfit to start and will not ride in the Womens Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario today, dealing a serious blow to the womens teams chances. She has been considered a medal favorite from the start.

The official communique from the Anti Doping Control has yet to issue details on the infraction, but it is certain the Canadian superstar will not ride… We’ll keep you posted on details as we get ’em…

Stephen Puts His Scientist Hat Back On…

This is Stephen Cheung taking over Dave’s webspace…

I just attended the press conference held by the Canadian Cycling Association on Jeanson’s disqualification. In attendance was Bill Kinash (CCA President), Yuri Kashirin (Team Coach), Yvan Waddell (Team Manager), and a very shocked and pale Genevieve Jeanson. The CCA correctly stresses that having a hematocrit level (the percentage of your blood that is comprised of solid red blood cells) above 47% (50% for males) does NOT constitute a positive test for any illegal substances.

Jeanson’s primary defence is that this failure of the hematocrit test was due to her use of hypoxic tents, something she said she had used since 1998. I will have a full lecture on hematocrit coming up in next Tuesday’s Toolbox. If you’re in Canada and can’t wait that long, you can tune into CBC (the national broadcaster in Canada) tonight on the National, their main newscast, as they interviewed me for my expert opinion on blood parameters. Heck, maybe now I can convince my university that I am actually here in Hamilton on “serious” business!

Stay tuned for more info as it develops…

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