The article (read Jonny’s: Lemond swings yard) describes today’s Interbike conference with Lance – with Lemond asking a few questions re: Armstrong’s proposed bio – marker transparency in cooperation with Don Catlin.
Lemond has a point, vo2 and power output are very important indicators when assessing enhanced performance manipulation. This is fundamental exercise physiology. It is surprising to see Mr. Catlin’s claim of: “that’s not my area of expertise.”
From my experience conducting human studies, it is an IRB requirment that all data be kept in locked files.
Have you ever seen a power file from a tour contender on the last climb when it is do or die? The SRM displays shown on VS. often show the power for a mid pack GC guy while riding mid pack (drafting) – and this display often omits Watts and replaces it with elevation. Is elevation even displayed on a normal SRM? Powerpeaks had planned to post power files from several TdF teams but this is all I can find (2006 Van de Velde and Jens Voight).
I do remember Powerpeaks having a blurb about how the teams were not releasing files? Maybe someone out there knows more about this? Point is, to my knowledge, there are no real data available on the people that win grand tours, especially in the Armstrong era. Doesn’t seem transparent. If I was winning those big races, I’d be posting my files on DC every day!by