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Just wondered if anyone on here knew much about EPO. Haven't really heard too much about it until now, with the Lance Armstrong thing and, from what I have read, taking EPO would seem to have the same effects as what I've read about the benefits of altitude training i.e. increasing red blood cells and thus the ability to carry oxygen to the muscles. So are whatever risks that come along with taking EPO (presumably it's a bit of a strain on the heart) the same as with altitude training? Are they effectively the same thing with one just being a shortcut and the other involving actual hard work?
You could, if you wanted, make an argument for either both being fine, or both being an unfair advantage, rather than allowing one and not the other. Not sure it's an argument I would make but I don't think it's as clear cut as it's made out to be.
Anyone know anything about this who could enlighten me?