LA Times: EPO discoverer dies
Eugene Goldwasser, the biochemist who made the discoveries that led to EPO, died of prostate cancer in Chicago at 88. Goldwasser never patented his discovery, which later became one of the most commercially successful drugs, though he did take satisfaction that his discoveries helped millions around the world. “One percent of one percent of the drug’s annual revenues would have funded my lab quite handsomely,” the LA Times quotes Goldwasser.
Het Laatste Nieuws: Cornu lands ride
Dominique Cornu is the latest rider from the stalled Pegasus project to land a new ride. The 25-year-old Belgian has penned a deal to join Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator for 2011. “The rider will have the opportunity to continue his career with us and combine it with track racing, with the London 2012 Olympics as a goal,” said Topsport manager Christophe Sercu.
Gazzetta dello Sport: Vila makes comeback from doping ban
Patxi Vila, the Spanish climber who tested positive for testosterone, is making his return to competition with the Flaminia-De Rosa team for 2011. Vila claims he tested positive after taking amino acids he purchased over the Internet that were laced with testosterone, something he argued before the authorities, who agreed to cut six months off his ban. “I never gave up on returning to racing,” he says.
El País: Domínguez declares innocence in latest Spanish doping scandal
Marta Domínguez, the track and field star at the center of the latest doping scandal to hit Spain, declared her innocence in an appearance before a Spanish court in Madrid on Wednesday. Domínguez could testify both as accused party and witness of the ongoing Operación Galgo investigation into doping among Spanish athletics. “I reiterate what I said (to the judge). I have never provided doping products to anyone nor have I profited from anyone,” she said.