Usage of anabolic steroids and other medicines which enhance performance is widespread among amateur and professional sportspeople. It isn’t surprisingly, when athletes test positive for controlled medicines. But there are some unusual cases, when a person tests positive for many banned medicines. Here is an example.
Alexandre Dougnier, a teenage amateur French cyclist tested positive for more than 10 banned products, including over 5 steroid metabolites. It was at a race in France in May, 2011. This person has been sentenced to 3-year ban from competitions.
It was determined that this person had taken such steroids, as Anavar, Dianabol and Winstrol. Other steroid metabolites that were discovered in his urine sample included 3-Hydroxystanozolol, 16b-Hydroxystanozolol, 4b-Hydroxystanozolol, Oxandrolone, epi-Oxandrolone, 6b-Hydroxymethandienone and 17-epi-Methandienone.
This cyclist was a member of the Parisian Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt. Some individuals mention that this young cyclist might have been a follower of the club’s doper Jacques Anquetil. This person has been claimed to be a well-known individual of cycling’s history. Jacques Anquetil was a member of the club de Boulogne-Billancourt in 1950s and 1960s. He was the first cyclist who had won the Tour de France 5 times. This person had obtained also 2 Olympic medals.
Jacques Anquetil used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Moreover, this cyclist defended doping during a TV debate with the French sports minister. He noticed that it was impossible to endure cold, heat waves and rain in mountains during cycling without doping. He mentioned that only a fool individual would endure this agony connected with the extreme sport of cycling without doping. This well-known cyclist added that drug testing might deprive personal liberty. Jacques Anquetil said that everybody doped.
It is important to mention steroids were not so widespread among cyclists in 1950s and 1960s. Intake of more dangerous amphetamines was more widespread during those years. As for administration of anabolic steroids, it has become more widespread during past two decades.
Let see which affirmations have been said about steroids, when other cyclists have been caught taking them. When the cyclist Floyd Landis was caught using testosterone, it was claimed by his legal team that neither anabolic steroids, nor other performance-enhancing drugs were capable to increase performance in cyclists. As for the distributor of steroids Joseph Papp, he didn’t agree with this affirmation. He mentioned that usage of steroids was widespread in elite cycling. According to his words, any individual may take testosterone gels in a clever way without being caught by anti-doping programs: users of transdermal testosterone must take in consideration time of detection.
Alexandre Dougnier was not careful and didn’t attempt to avoid detection. He probably didn’t suggest that cyclists would be tested for banned preparations at the race in Aubervilliers.