‘I Took Drugs Like Pasta,’ Admits Stefan Schumacher

BERLIN, March 29, 2013 (AFP) - German rider Stefan Schumacher, who has served a two-year doping ban, has admitted regularly knocking back a cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs, likening it to eating pasta after training. Schumacher was caught in October 2008 when a sample taken during that July's Tour de France was shown to have contained CERA, a variant of the banned … [Read more...]

Danish Olympic Medalist Rolf Soerensen Admits To EPO Doping

Copenhagen, March 18, 2013 (AFP) - Rolf Soerensen, one of Denmark's most successful professional cyclists, admitted Monday to using blood-boosting EPO and cortisone in the 1990s, ending more than a year of denials. "I used EPO periodically in the 90s," Soerensen, now 47, said in a statement. "I have also in some cases used the substance cortisone. There is no other excuse than … [Read more...]

Tyler Hamilton Looks Back At “Delinquent” Doping Days

MIssoula, USA, March 18, 2013 (AFP) - "We were fully delinquents, if not criminals. If there was one product that we could almost not do without, it was EPO." So says former US pro-racer Tyler Hamilton, one-time US Postal teammate of Lance Armstrong and likewise caught up in the doping scandals which have wracked the sport. Hamilton won 2004 Olympic Gold but his doping saw him … [Read more...]

Former Top Dutch Cyclist Michael Boogerd Admits To Doping

The Hague, March 6, 2013 (AFP) - Former top Dutch cyclist Michael Boogerd has admitted doping from 1997 to the end of his career in 2007 in an interview to be aired on Wednesday. The 40-year-old, who won two stages of the Tour de France in 1996 and 2002, admitted using the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), cortisone, as well as receiving blood transfusions. He is the … [Read more...]

Eufemiano Fuentes Provided Tyler Hamilton A Doping Program

Disgraced former American cyclist Tyler Hamilton claimed on Tuesday he was given performance enhancing drugs as well as blood transfusions by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. Doctor Fuentes is the principal accused in the "Operacion Puerto" trial examining whether the blood transfusions he carried out on a number of high-profile cyclists endangered public health. Hamilton though … [Read more...]

Manzano Points Finger At Fuentes Over Doping

Eufemanio Fuentes

MADRID, Feb 13, 2013 (AFP) - Spanish former cyclist Jesus Manzano on Wednesday told a court he was given the blood-booster EPO and other drugs by a doctor accused of masterminding a vast blood-doping network and currently on trial in Madrid. "Yes, I was treated by doctor Eufemiano Fuentes," the 34-year-old told the hearing in Madrid. "I was treated with EPO in 2000, 2001 and 2003 … [Read more...]

Thomas Dekker Vows To Name Names On Doping

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 … [Read more...]

French Rider Houanard Gets Two-Year Ban For Doping

PARIS, Jan 22, 2013 (AFP) - French rider Steve Houanard was on Tuesday banned for two years by world cycling's governing body, the UCI, after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO. Houanard, who has no major wins to his credit, raced for the AG2R La Mondiale team, which has not renewed his contract. A professional since 2009, he tested positive in an … [Read more...]

Armstrong’s Classic Doping Cocktail

PARIS, Jan 19, 2013 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong's monosyllabic admissions that he used a classic cocktail of doping products to win his seven Tour de France crowns came as little surprise to anti-doping experts. In his television interviews with chat show host Oprah Winfrey, the Texan admitted using blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO), blood-doping transfusions, testosterone and human growth … [Read more...]

Tenacity Paid Off For Lance Armstrong Investigators

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

by Greg Heakes LOS ANGELES, Jan 9, 2013 (AFP) - Travis Tygart says he spent years probing the biggest doping scheme in sports history, and received death threats, including one chilling warning he would get a bullet to his head. In an interview aired Wednesday, the US Anti-Doping Agency chief described the sophistication of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, which included … [Read more...]