Suspicious Blood and Performance in Professional Cycling

18 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2012

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Tom Coupé

Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC)

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School

Date Written: March 8, 2012

Abstract

In this note, we analyze whether the International Cycling Union’s ‘index of suspicion’, which reflects the extent to which a rider is suspected of using doping, correlates with performance during the 2010 Tour de France and the one year period before and after the 2010 Tour de France. Though our point estimates suggest a medium sized performance improving effect of being suspected of doping, the index of suspicion can only explain a very small part of the variation in performance. This could be because the current doping practice in cycling has little effect on diverse rankings in these races.

Keywords: doping, cycling, Tour de France

JEL Classification: L83

Suggested Citation

Coupé, Tom and Gergaud, Olivier, Suspicious Blood and Performance in Professional Cycling (March 8, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2018210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2018210

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Olivier Gergaud

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