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Rabobank cycling team used epo from 2006: NRC

Saturday 19 January 2013

The knock-on effect of the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal continues to be felt in the Netherlands, with the NRC reporting on Saturday that doping was widespread in the professional cycling team sponsored by Rabobank.

The paper says the team used doping as soon as it was formed in 1996. The paper bases its claim on conversations with ‘dozens’ of insiders.

One rider told the paper the team manager Jan Raas called the best cyclists together after a disastrous spring campaign.

Tour de France

‘That was the first time the word epo was used,’ the source said. Many Rabo riders used epo for the first time during the 1996 Tour de France, he told the paper.

Epo is a hormone which can be used to enhance physical performance, particularly in physically-demanding sports.

Rabobank last year decided to stop sponsoring professional men’s cycling because of the drug allegations.


The paper’s coverage of the scandal also includes an interview with Thomas Dekker, seen at the time as a great Rabo team talent. Dekker told the paper he started using epo in 2006, with the help of the team’s doctor. He later moved to blood doping, also carried out under the supervision of team medical staff.

Dekker was banned for doping for two years from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2011. He now cycles for the Garmin Sharp team.

Earlier stories
Rabobank stops sponsoring cycling after doping scandal
Cycling doping scandal spreads to Rabobank team
Cyclist Thomas Dekker caught doping

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The war on drugs has real problems. It is not just sport drugs, recreational drug use is just as out of control. Dug testing is central to the problems - testing has failed sports - but has also failed in urine testing workers too. UT's for hard drugs fail after only 2 days but weed test work for 3 months. See the problem?

By Max Harmreduction | 20 January 2013 12:16 PM

No surprise about doping in bicycle racers or in sport in general. Max is right. The problem with pot is that it is too easy to detect unlike most other drugs.

By Puck | 21 January 2013 12:27 PM

The hypochrisy is breathtaking. Do you think the cyclists have stopped using overnight? Stop hating on Lance, at least he is no grass.

By Roger Mellie | 21 January 2013 5:48 PM

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