Lance Armstrong doping allegations and Edgar Allan Poe

October 10, 2012|By Dave Rosenthal

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report on Lance Armstrong was involved in doping is loaded with explosive allegations from fellow cyclists -- which the seven-time Tour de France champion has vehemently denied. But the quirkiest bit of information is that at least one rider nicknamed a common performance-enhancing drug for Baltimore's favorite literary son.

According to cyclist Christian Vande Velde, riders generally referred to the illegal substance Erythropoietin as EPO, or "Po." But Tyler Hamilton had his own nickname for it: "Edgar" as in Edgar Allan Poe.

Hamilton may be an admitted doper, but at least he's well-read.

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