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Dopey Cyclists !
March 5, 2018

Joined: May 5, 2014
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Dopey Cyclists !

March 5, 2018

Am I being overly suspicious, but as much as I enjoy our sportsmen & women winning I'm dismayed at the recent allegations against Sir Bradley Wiggins, because, along with fellow mega winning cyclist Froome, both state they needed certain medicines because of their asthma. Asthma !!  I find it so hard to believe that both our champion racing cyclists suffer from asthma, yet can endure untold physical exertions without ever showing any ill effects - must be fantastic medicine they take ! John (JKW)

March 6, 2018

Joined: May 12, 2014
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Dopey Cyclists !

March 6, 2018

Hmm, probably not over suspicious. I have late onset asthma, fairly mild, but I usually take a big old suck on my Ventolin inhaler before I exercise. The drugs these guys took ARE anti asthma drugs. Wiggins was given his by injection during a hill climb part of the race as I understand it. Asthma does worsen at altitudes. Anyway, steroids are used in asthma treatment as first line medication to stave off inflammatory asthma attacks and the drug they took is a synthetic corticosteroid. Now, mere mortals such as you and I would likely be given Prednisolone if we needed a steroid for asthma. Prednisolone, like all steroids has side effects that include getting the munchies, ergo weight gain. The steroid THEY were given IS to treat asthma but it also builds power and can DECREASE body fat. It CAN enhance physical performance. It ISN’T a banned substance if taken under prescription for Asthma as a pre declared medication. So, John, some world class athletes DO suffer from asthma, several top footballers do apparently, the effects of the top and most expensive steroids can be quite dramatic. Did they cheat? Wiggins is adamant he didn’t. They stand accused of ‘crossing an ethical line’. What does that precisely mean? Does it mean they WERE prescribed the drugs but took them when they had no clinical reason to do so because of the performance enhancing aspects of the drug? That might not be illegal or against the rules but it would be outwith the spirit of accepted ‘fair play’.I think that might well  be the rationale behind the MP panel’s accusation. No matter what happens now their reputations are besmirched.


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