Is EPO good for cyclists? Maybe, says Dutch doctor
Interesting story on CyclingNews.com about Dutch doctor Peter Janssen and his new book about the danger, or not, of various doping methods allegedly used by world-class cyclists. The doctor suggested that small doses of the blood-doping product EPO would help riders during big mountain climbs and posed no threat of physical harm.
In the story Janssen says, "Well-dosed, EPO is an extremely safe medicine for patients and athletes alike. If my son would want to ride a Grand Tour, I would want to join him taking a little bit of EPO with me to make him come through it in good health. At the same time, I would advise him not to take it. It is bad to get caught for the rider and even worse for cycling. That's why it's better not to do it -- not because you would suddenly die from it."
Janssen is a former doctor for the Dutch team Vacansoleil.
-- Diane Pucin