Monday, November 06, 2006
Tour de France
While I am not a big bicycling fan myself I do take an interest in the Tour de France (TDF). However, I must admit that I have lost track of the charges French officials made regarding Lance Armstrong's potential use of performance enhancing drugs after his TDF win this year.
I was reminded of these accusations after reading the October issue of Men's Health magazine which noted in one of its "Facts of Life" items that:
"there is a 45 percentage boost in cycling performance at altitude after taking Viagra, which improves bloodflow in the lungs."
Source: Journal of Applied Physiology
So instead of potential steroid use perhaps Mr. Armstrong simply used some Viagra to enhance his TDF victory celebration which affected his blood test results?? In fact, what if Viagra helped Barry Bonds hit all of his home runs? Surely the French can explore this issue more if they remain unconvinced of Mr. Armstrong's drug free performance. Apparently news agencies/bloggers have addressed this issue in the past as noted here:
Keep on peddling,