“I walked her (him) home and she (he) held my hand…I knew it wouldn’t be just a one night stand…Something tells me I’m into something good…” Naked Gun Soundtrack 1988
T-Mobile led the way, now CSC may be the first in a series of dominoes that fall along the team responsibility track.
CSC unveiled their team drug testing policy. Cyclists will be subjected to surprise out-of-competition blood and urine tests for EPO, steroids and human growth hormone. The team plans more than 800 tests on their riders in 2007.
No word yet on weather the team will go as far as T-Mobile and ban personal physicians and keep extensive medical records on athlete physiology. I personally believe that a team has the responsibility to look for the effects of drugs, not just for the drugs themselves.
With the advent of electronic medical records, teams can mine rider data and compare it to performance. This can give both insights into performance from a coaching perspective as well as insights into possible cheating.