step by step wrote:
Hi rjm, what do say about the blood doping history? Is the following about right?
70s: blood transfusions started, no test (+)
90s: EPO, no test (+)
2002: 1st EPO test (-)
2003: begin ABP trial period
2005: 2nd EPO test (-)
2005: CERA (+)
2009: ABP official start (-)
2015: Diack gone (-)
2016: Saugy gone (-)
Only bad news for the blood dopers since 2009 (indicated with (-)).
On the other hand, the ABP only limits the doping a bit, even less than the UCI does it with their max allowed Hct = 50. Whether or not the Diack and Saugy replacements are bad news for the dopers, remains to be seen, but it sure sounds good.
The Sydney Olympics was the first time running was tested for EPO. 2001 was the first season or was this the intro of the basic blood test? I'm pretty sure epo was found in Lance Armstrong's 1999 urine samples. CERA was certainly fully detectable in 2008 (Ramzi, and his 2005 WCs sample was retested with irregularities but not conclusive). Between 2008 and 2011, the EPO manufacturers began supplying testers with product markers, as have SARM and Cardarine creators.
But microdosing does appear to skirt detection.