Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Surprise" Anti-Doping Test During Tour de France

Le Monde reports that a "surprise" test will go into effect on samples collected during this year's Tour de France. The test, still being developed, will test for a drug that riders currently believe to be "undetectable." The announcement was made by Pierre Bordry (pictured), the head of the French anti-doping agency. Irony of ironies, he is standing in front of a graphic that depicts cyclists climbing a hill so steep it could only possibly be climbed with the aid of whatever new drug he is planning to test for... The photo encapsulates the paradox of the Tour: superhuman exploits are required of mere humans who need performance enhancing drugs to complete (let alone compete in) the humanly impossible Tour.

3 comments:

SM Sprenger said...

That hill doesn't look so bad!

Corry Cropper said...

You can't tell from the image, but it goes up like that for 17 miles...

SM Sprenger said...

Sounds perfect!