Thursday, July 26, 2007

Top 5 old Tour de France drugs

In France there is this cycling competition going on. The guy who is the quickest wears the yellow jersey and is then kicked out of the competition because of suspected use of performance enhancing drugs.

In the 1930’s amphetamines entered the sport, killing Tommy Simpson in 1967.
Hormones came and in the 1990’s EPO was preferred. Blood transfusions and testosterone are now the hypes in the Tour.

The first Tour was in 1903, and it is quite amazing what drugs they took back then.

Top 5 old Tour de France drugs

1) Ethanol
Ethanol was used to obtain a fuddled state and relief pain.

The Algerian Abdel-Kader Zaaf drank two bottles of wine in the tour of 1950. He fell asleep under a tree. When he woke up he got on his bike again but proceeded to ride the wrong way on the course.
Quite performance enhancing indeed...

2) Chloroform
Used to fight pain. Henri Pelissier admitted the use of chloroform (and cocaine) after the tour of 1924.

4) Strychnine
A powerful and deadly stimulant. This highly toxic alkaloid was injected. A large dose was not recommended.

5) Nitroglycerin
Nitroglycerin capsules were taken to increase the heart rate and open the airways. Bumpy rides were not recommended.


Chemgeek said...

Where's #3????

ZAL said...

I think #3 is not on the overall standings because he was found guilty of the use of performqnce-enhancing drugs and was thus disqualified (just guessing)

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