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The report concludes that "the increased concentration of transferrin receptor could be employed as an indirect indicator of EPO misuse in Sports". The results he and his doctors keyed into their secret files after analysis of blood tests on Roche and other athletes are damning. They show Roche with the fifth highest concentration of the 23 who were tested. 5. 5 recorded under the name of a cyclists called "Chiari" and "Chierici", in reality Claudio Chiappucci and Mario Chiesa. Both are former teammates of Roche in the Carrera squad and have denied involvement in the Conconi experiment.
Informed that the Carabinieri would be in Brindisi, cycling teams took evasive action. Some team officials opted to return to Italy by road, driving from Greece, through Albania, Montenegro and Croatia, before returning to the race via northern Italy. Others dumped their stock of drugs during the ferry crossing to Brindisi. Vanquished, the Carabinieri returned to their bases and over the following weeks colleagues ribbed them about reports of enormously big fish, with limitless stamina, swimming the Adriatic sea.
It was clear then that Armstrong had already exceeded Nichols's expectations. On this Tour, things have been less clear. Before his cancer, Armstrong saw himself as a one-day rider who did not climb and time-trial well enough to win the Tour. In four attempts he finished 36th once and dropped out of the other three. No matter how one viewed Armstrong's cycling career, it was hard to see him challenging for the race. On the opening day of this year's Tour, Armstrong rode the same prologue course he had ridden in his first Tour six years before.