Doping is still a problem in cycling, Benedetto Roberti
Italian investigation judge Benedetto Roberti noted that doping is still a problem in sports revealing that the new undetectable versions of EPO are still being used in by several cyclists as reported by Tuttobici magazine.
Benedetto uncovered several doping criminals related to the Lance Armstrong case and also the disclosed the key evidence against the controversial Dr. Michele Ferrari.
He stated that doping is currently operational in every level of cycling wither it be professional, amateur and even Gran Fondo riders use performance enhancing drugs to achieve the desired results.
Roberti said that, it is a normal perception to have a soft corner for the cyclists but it is the riders themselves who are to be blamed for their wrongdoings more than anyone else.
He told the magazine that the sport is badly plagued with doping and things are not looking good in the future.
Even exposing Lance Armstrong in the biggest doping scandal of all times has not really changed the preposition much.
Cyclists in all levels of the game are still doping to enhance their performances without even thinking about the consequences or how badly they can influence the game.
“We're dealing with scruple-less people who inject themselves with everything, without knowing what they're doing: products stolen from hospitals, from Eastern countries without any guarantees on the quality".
He revealed that according to the latest information the newly used substances that are untraceable are currently used by several cyclists.
Erythropoietin Z by Retacrit, known as EPO Z is an example along with a new version of the Chinese EPO that can easily get you pass any doping test and was the best seller in the recent Olympics.
“There's also AICAR that is brought in from the East as a powder and is apparently a kind of genetic doping. In simple terms, it helps reset muscle fibres after huge efforts. It can't be found in anti-doping tests either".
"So have things improved? Has sport and especially cycling really taken a new direction? I say no and whoever says the opposite doesn't love our sport".
It will be interesting to see, how UCI responds to Benedetto Roberti allegations and takes necessary measures to prevent any future damages to the sport.