dennisn wrote:Couple of questions that are related to this topic. Sorry if this has been discussed before.
Who or what(computer?) makes the decisions on who / whom is to be drug tested?
How does this this "decision" make its way to the various men and women with the pee cup and needles?
Do you mean in competition tests?
If we use the TdF as an example - If you win the stage, or hold any of the leaders jerseys you automatically get tested. Might be the top few positions. Then there is "random" tests. These vary between truly random (pulled out of a hat type thing) to "random" based on other information. That's more targeted testing based on information from other sources
The testers get a list of athletes, and their names are put up as people needing to report for doping tests. These days they have a chaperone to make sure they don't do anything to try scupper the test. (injecting clean urine into their bladder, masking agents, that kind of thing)
The tests are done and all stages are witnessed by the athletes, and they sign off their urine or blood samples going into containers. There are controls there where the athlete can pick pots or whatever, and they're all sealed to prevent contamination. Samples are marked with a number and when the samples get to the lab, the labs have no idea who they're testing. In the case of an AAF (adverse analytical finding or "positive") this gets communicated to the governing body who can correlate sample to athlete.
Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.