Is EPO good for cyclists? Maybe, says Dutch doctor

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Interesting story on 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