Cycling: Expert accuses T-Mobile of mass doping on 2006 Tour

2nd January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Leading anti-doping expert has accused all nine riders of blood doping.

BERLIN, December 31, 2007 - A leading anti-doping expert has accused all
nine riders competing for the T-Mobile team during the 2006 Tour de France of
blood doping.
   "According to information I have, the entire T-Mobile team went (to the
University Clinic Freiburg) and resorted to blood transfusions," Professor
Werner Franke told German radio in an interview to be broadcast on Tuesday.
   Only German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz, who was last month given a one-year
ban for a failed drugs test, has admitted he used doping products while riding
for T-Mobile.
   Former team leader Jan Ullrich retired in February having been sacked by
T-Mobile in July 2006 after he was linked to Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish
doctor whose blood doping network was exposed last year.
   "This information is considered so compromising that for the moment there
has been no enquiry," claimed Franke, a biology professor from Heidelberg and
a leading campaigner against doping.
   Led by Andreas Kloden, second in the 2006 Tour de France behind American
Floyd Landis, T-Mobile won the team standings that year.
   Four of their riders finished in the top eight in the seventh stage, a 52km
time-trail won by Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar, sacked in 2007 by the German team for an abnormal blood count.
   T-Mobile, the mobile phone division of German telecommunications giant
Deutsche Telekom, announced last month that they were ending their sponsorship of a major cycling team after a succession of doping scandals.
   The team now operates under the name High Road and includes Australian
rider Michael Rogers, a member of the T-Mobile team in the 2006 Tour de
France. Rogers and Kloden, who now competes for Kazakh-financed team Astana - who were themselves embroiled in a doping scandal during the Tour de France when team captain Alexandre Vinokourok was done for blood doping - have always denied doping.

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