The vagueness surrounding the use of ketones, decried by some teams and used by others, maintains the idea of two-speed cycling
Caution, gray area! Considered by some as simple food supplements by some, ketones are seen by others as real doping products, even though they are authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and by the International Cycling Union (UCI). ). As proof, their purpose is only to improve performance, argue their detractors.
“We recommend not to use it but it’s the maximum we can do, regrets to this effect in the columns of Vélo-Magazine Roger Legeay, the president of the Movement for credible cycling MPCC), to which the French formations adhere. We don’t have the means to check what the teams are doing and Chauvin does what he wants. But when you see articles that say there is a 15% performance improvement with ketones, it’s questionable, it’s not ethical, it’s not moral. You don’t play sports to be a walking pharmacy. »
The rules should be the same for everyone.
While evolving under the colors of the Lotto-Soudal, Jelle Vanendort was tempted during the 2018 Tour. Without being convinced. “I didn’t see a positive effect but in the team, we didn’t really know how to use ketones”he explained, pleading nevertheless for all runners to be housed in the same boat: “The rules should be the same for everyone otherwise the competition is not correct.”
While only Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step have admitted to using ketones, doubt is instilled in people’s minds. “What bothers me is that it brings suspicion”, regretted Roger Legeay. Suspicion and frustration. “You discredit cycling” did not hesitate to launch Jean-René Bernaudeau, the manager of TotalEnergies to one of his counterparts.