Team CSC Launches Anti
Team CSC the number one team in the ProTour launches it's team joint anti-doping
program and bold initiative with Rasmus Damsgaard and department Z at Bkspebjerg
Hospital in Denmark. Fan Comments
This week, Team CSC and Department Z at Bispebjerg
Hospital in Denmark launch their joint anti-doping program.
The project will be the most comprehensive test system in professional
cycling today with close to 800 tests being collected from Team CSC riders
starting December this year throughout the 2007 season. The main part of the
tests will be collected Out of Competition and Rasmus Damsgaard, MD, PhD, will
be supervising the program.
Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard
”This program is a truly unique piece of anti-doping initiative. It is
groundbreaking in both its shape and content. For me the most important thing is
to guarantee the Team CSC riders a better protection of their health. They
should be able to compete in a safe and healthy sport, and this project will
definitely enable them to do just that.
Hopefully it will also create a stir within the
world of sports in general, hereby adding pressure so that more programs like
this will see the light of day. This project with Team CSC will help show just
how serious and uncompromising anti-doping work should be,” says Rasmus
Damsgaard, who will begin his work in South Africa at Team CSC's first training
camp ahead of the new season.
”Our ambition is to be pioneers in the work against doping, so we are very proud
to initiate this program. We have worked closely with Rasmus Damsgaard to
develop the program and we think it gives us a unique possibility to do
something for the future of cycling and maybe sport in general.
I have no qualms about submitting our riders to the
most rigorous tests out there, because we want cycling sport to be a clean
sport. I have faith in the fact that our riders have the right attitude and I
would like for them to be able to show this to the world.
I am hoping this initiative will pave the way for
other teams to follow and as a result help rid our sport of doping altogether.
We have taken a very big step towards this and it will help demonstrate how
serious we are about anti-doping, and at the same time we firmly believe that
given the right conditions professional cycling has a great future ahead of it,”
announces Bjarne Riis.
Fan Reactions from the
"Chapeau CSC for instigating a strenuous anti-doping regiment.
T-Mobile and CSC are 2 of the bigger teams in cycling and both now have doping
control programmes above and beyond the required by the UCI, it may be only a
matter of time before other sponsors demand similar programmes from their squads
especially if another scandal is exposed" Jan the
"I applaud Riis for this effort. I hope his riders perform. I hope Damsgaard
has the race programs and someone in his hear telling them key stages etc, so
magnify the focus.
Well done CSC!'
Chris t, Australia
"While both Damsgaard and Riis are committed to the new anti-doping programme
with off-season tests and profiling, both are rather critical about the new
vogue for DNA tests. Damsgaard finds the new proposals for DNA-testing pointless
and unethical; Bjarne Riis calls the entire DNA-focus for "Pop" [smoke and
"Our problem is not about DNA. It is much more important to get all the
implicated parties [i.e., the Cycling World] to understand that we have some
rules that we have to follow. It is about all parties doing the right thing. If
we all strengthened our doping programmes [i.e., like CSC], then DNA wouldn't
even need to be a subject."
In any case, it is now official that Damsgaard will be monitoring Team CSC
through 2007 [Shame on those of you who doubted Riis would implement this
because of money.
It will be interesting to see how things go in the coming year for the team.
Several anti-doping experts were early out to castigate Riis that Damsgaard
would be a "boomerang"; i.e., that either Riis would have to "hobble" Damsgaard
(thereby forcing Damsgaard to abandon the team and blowing the PR stunt up in
his face), or accept that his team won't perform. So far, Riis has faith in his
team... big question mark.
Finally - one wonders what effect this will have on other teams and the UCI.
The UCI asked both Team CSC and T-Mobile to "hold their horses"; Riis (and
T-Mobile too, I think) have simply decided to ignore them. Hmm...
"I didn't doubt that CSC's individual efforts were worthy and the direction
all cycling ought to go, I commented on the rumors that UCI was trying to put a
hold on those efforts.
Again, nice to know that real cycling insiders and an expert on doping agree
that DNA isn't the real answer, longitudinal studies and more out of competition
testing is the way."
"What I'm most interested in is whether they will go forward with the ideas
Damsgaard proposed to make the blood profiles of the team public (anonymously,
of course). Without that added step of openness to public scrutiny, I think it
will be difficult to really get the full benefit of the programme."
Wow! Are they seriously considering this? That would sure be something. I
remember David Millar suggested making HCT values of riders public some time
before his comeback. Seemed to good to be true though.