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Last week's confession was more than anyone thought they'd ever get out of Armstrong so let's give him more time and a shot a redemption - it's what every doper before him has got.
In this issue we feature three stories of how chemists and chemical engineers are going for the gold in these Winter Games: in the making of the medals, the policing of the dopers and the perfecting of the iconic torch.
Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.
The drug busts are the result of a global programme of increased out-of-competition screenings, including targeted testing of suspected dopers, to weed out as many dirty athletes as possible from the 10,000 competitors coming to Beijing for the August 8-24 Games.
As gene therapy begins to enjoy some preliminary successes, scientists at the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees drug testing for the Olympics, have started to worry that dopers might now see abuse of gene therapy in sport as a viable option, though the practice was banned by WADA in 2003.
In this period of joy they spend nights at Ganga Dhaba and try to discover the secret of drinkers, dopers and lovers in Parthasarathy Rocks.
I got duped, not doped, and bought tickets to Hayward Field to watch Tim Montgomery, Regina Jacobs and Marion Jones run and throw, not knowing they were dopers.
But even if gene dopers somehow make it to the Olympics before the test is ready, the agency says they still should worry.
Aren't dopers supposed to have more of that Jason Giambi exploding-out-of-your-skin look?
You can't call him a bone-dumb doper, because that would be an insult to bone-dumb dopers.
They hand out inadequate bans and then allow the dopers back in to compete when their suspensions are over.
Pubwatch members decided the scheme should be rolled out across Middlesbrough after police revealed three unsuspecting women were targeted by drink dopers over the last Bank Holiday.