THE HAGUE, Jan 23, 2013 – Disgraced Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker has
promised to spill the beans on the doping culture in the sport and name names,
he announced on Wednesday.
Dekker, who has served a two-year ban for using the blood booster EPO and
made no secret of the fact, was ready to co-operate fully with the Dutch
Anti-Doping Authority, he said in a statement posted on the website of his
“I will testify and fully co-operate with the Dutch Anti-Doping Authority
to help further clean the world of cycling. Therefore I choose to give the
full extent of my knowledge, names, dates and details,” Dekker said.
“I will begin this process and hope that it will make it easier for
ex-colleagues and ex-team-mates to come forward and help the sport.”
He explained: “As member of Team Garmin-Sharp and their policy and values,
as (a) Dutch rider and member of the Dutch federation, as (an) ex-doper who
served a two-year suspension and as (a)supporter of clean cycling: I announce
that there are many details and people involved with my doping past.
“All of that, including the names of people who helped me will be given to
the Anti-Doping Authority.”
The first meeting between Dekker and the Anti-Doping Authority is planned
within the coming two weeks, the website announced.
In a recent interview with the newspaper NRC, Dekker revealed he had also
had blood transfusions in 2007 when he was riding for the Rabobank team.
He had already admitted using eryhyropotein and was suspended for two years
in 2009 after testing positive.
Dekker explained he had begun using EPO in 2006 with the help of the
Rabobank team doctors.
“It was very easy to be influenced, doping was widespread at that time,” he
“No-one spoke out against it, doping was a way of life for many of my
team-mates and colleagues and for me, too. Doping was part of the job. I
thought blood transfusions were the road to success as all the big names were
Rabobank withdrew sponsorship of its pro-cycling team in October last year
in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, calling the sport “sick” to
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