Dopage - 24 January 2007
Anonymous Source in Belgium Charges Escape by Bribing Anti-doping officials.
Lotto/Predictor response to "nameless witness" and hopes for honest competitors.
Musseuw admits doping in latter part of his career, resigns from Quickstep.
Oscar Pereiro Cleared of Charge.
The Belgian news paper Het Laatste Nieuws has published reports from an
anonymous source regarding ProTour Team Quickstep/Innergetic. This
mornings edition claimed a team member said that riders blood dope and use
performance enhancing drugs but escape by bribing anti-doping officials.
Claims by the anonymous source included, "...you have the riders who only
have to ride a short 100 kilometres races these riders don't take anything. You
have the riders who have to perform a little longer, these get something extra
on occasion; finally, you have the top and these are the riders who get the big
Team Predictor/Lotto Responds:
Hopes for honest competitors
he recent assertions in the media are unfortunately negative for the
general image of the whole cyclist sport. As they almost come from nameless
witnesses, they are also mostly rejected by the defendants. We therefore wish
that the complete truth about this matter will come without delay to the light.
We also hope that the rights of the defendants will be fully respected. In a
constitutional state, anyone – also in the sport's world – should be insured of
Predictor-Lotto will always aim at a clean future for the cycling sport in
general, and especially for the Belgian cyclist sport. Our team includes several
young talented racers, who deserve a correct entourage in their career. We are
now looking forward to the Spring Classics, with the hope that our racers will
meet honest competitors.
Johan Musseuw admits to doping at the end of his
To retire from Quickstep Position
Retired Belgian classics champion Johan Museeuw has admitted to taking drugs
to enhance his performance towards the end of his career.
"At the end of my career, to prepare a number of races, I made a mistake. I
wanted to end my career in beauty and did things that I couldn't," Museeuw told
a news conference on Tuesday.
Museeuw, a former world champion and three-times winner of the famous
Paris-Roubaix race, said he would quit his current position with the Quick Step
IOC James Rogge Welcomes Admission
Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said
Wednesday that he welcomed an admission by the former cycling world champion
Johan Museeuw that he resorted to doping during the last year of his career.
"If he admits, that is an intelligent thing to do and definitely that is a
wise thing that he has done," Rogge said during an anti-doping symposium in
UCI Clears Oscar Pereiro of Salbutamol Charge
Existing TUE for Asthma medication acknowledged
UCI statement: “At the 2006 Tour de France, traces of this product were found in
his urine, However the results of tests during the race cannot be considered as
a positive anti-doping control.”
The release went on to say, “Although he had medical justification requested
from September 2006 by the AFLD proving that he indeed suffered from asthma
brought on by physical exertion, Oscar Pereiro delayed providing it to this
organization, This is considered as a failure to respect established
administrative procedures. This serious negligence by the Spanish rider is
regrettable and harms the image of cycling as a whole, although he is not guilty
of any infringement.”
French daily Le Monde reported last week that Pereiro had twice tested
positive for salbutamol during the Tour. Pereiro told Radio Marca last Thursday
he had had an official medical exemption since March 2005. The UCI said it asked
the AFLD to refrain from publicly implying that a rider was guilty of a doping
offence when he had committed an administrative fault only