I hate to say it, but this whole thing starts making sense when I sit back, look at it all, and the pieces seem to fit together. A recent study found a link between the use of human growth hormone and testosterone. Is in, the testosterone complements the growth hormone. It is, in fact, requisite for any benefit to be derived.
There’s no end in sight to the debate of human growth hormone’s performance enhancing properties as new Australian research shows the outlawed drug does little to improve performance. The research, carried out by the Gavan Institute and funded in part by the World Anti-Doping Agency, says that the growth hormone must be accompanied by doses of testosterone if it’s to have any impact on performance.
How many times have heard from the Landis camp that the level of testosterone he was alleged to have used was of such a small amount that it would have provided little or no benefit. And, therefore, the test result must have been a false positive and not an indication of any exogenous use?
So many times that there are too many to count.
Amory also questioned testosterone’s legitimacy as a performance-enhancing drug for endurance athletes, saying that the kind of micro-dosing pro cyclist Joe Papp described in earlier testimony might allow an athlete to elude detection, but it wouldn’t provide any noticeable benefit.
Could it be testosterone in and of itself provided no benefit and the skewed ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone and presence of exogenous testosterone Landis’s test results showed were actually an indication of far more drug use than previously thought?
Could this be the tip of the iceberg?
Here are the facts I as see them: There is no test to see if an athlete has been doping with human growth hormone. It appears from a recent study that growth hormone only provides performance benefits when it paired with injections of testosterone. And we have a man who tested positive for exogenous testosterone after bouncing back from a seemingly insurmountable eight minute deficit in the worlds biggest bike race in what has been called the greatest comeback of all time.
It’s almost too good to be true, isn’t it?by