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Sunday 17, Aug 2014

  Kreuziger Admits Working With Banned Ferrari, Sidelined By Tinkoff-Saxo

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Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff), winner of the 2013 Amstel Gold Race, has admitted to working with disgraced doctor Michele Ferrari. Kreuziger said he consulted the doping doctor from the autumn of 2006 through 2007.

Kreuziger claims that he was unaware that the controversial doctor had been banned. The cyclist said he believed Ferrari was one of the best coaches in the world and remarked he never doped. Ferrari has been banned twice for doping, including the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

In 2002, Michele Ferrari was prohibited from working cyclists in Italy after allegations that he assisted riders to dope with Testosterone, EPO, and other banned methods or products.

Kreuziger was considered one of the biggest talents of the sport after winning the 2004 Junior Road World Championships and the 2008 Tour de Suisse at the age of 22. He won the 2009 Tour de Romandie after completing his first Grand Tour after finishing 21st in the Vuelta a España. Kreuziger won the Giro di Sardegna in 2010, finished third in Paris-Nice, and finished 9th overall in the Tour de France.

In June 2013, UCI first notified Kreuziger that Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation regarded his data as suspect and the rider subsequently informed his team. The team’s press release said Kreuziger was adamant that he never used doping methods or substances and added the team was satisfied through its own medical staff and independent verification that Roman’s blood profile had valid medical and scientific explanations other than the use of doping methods or substances and this was subsequently confirmed by the expert opinions Roman shared with the team.

Former Liquigas teammate of Kreuziger, Leonardo Bertagnolli pointed to Kreuziger in an affidavit dated May 18, 2011. Bertagnolli remarked he know many of his teammates went to Ferrari because we talked about it and the team knew: Franco] Pellizotti, Roman Kreuziger, Enrico Gasparotto, and Francesco Chicchi. A Saxo-Tinkoff representative remarked at that time that the team will support Kreuziger and let the national federation decide.

The Czech professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Team Tinkoff-Saxo was sidelined by his Tinkoff-Saxo team in June 2014 after he faced doping allegations. The team, in a statement published on its website, said the Union Cycliste Internationale is likely due to instigate disciplinary proceedings against (Kreuziger) arising from an alleged violation of its anti-doping rules due to abnormalities detected in his biological passport in 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, Kreuziger denied he had taken any forbidden substances or used any forbidden methods and said that an independent inquiry concluded that his passport values were due to causes that were not due to the use of doping substances or methods.

The UCI’s Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CAFD) alleged that the blood passport profile of Kreuziger, when he rode for Astana, demonstrated abnormalities from March to August 2011 and from April 2012 until the end of that year’s Giro d’Italia.

Kreuziger pending further details is off the Tour team and will not compete in any other events. The rider will however not receive a provisionally suspension unless ordered by the UCI or the Czech federation.

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Sunday 02, Jun 2013

  Star Skier Linked To Notorious East German Doping Doctor

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Star Skier Linked To Notorious East German Doping Doctor

Olympic star Lindsey Vonn, who has been seeing golfing legend Tiger Woods, has become embroiled in controversy after it emerged that she has paid a number of visits to a sports facility overseen by a notorious former ‘doping doctor’.

Lindsey has visited the Red Bull-owned Diagnostics and Training Centre in Austria that is run by German doctor Bernd Pansold, 71, according to an investigation by the New York Daily News.

The doctor was one of hundreds of doctors at the forefront of a doping epidemic in the former East Germany that “forced” unwitting young athletes into hardcore performance enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids in what was a state-sponsored program in the 1970s and 80s. Pansold is believed to be at the heart of a program which plied female competitors with highly dangerous muscle-strengthening drugs like Oral Turinabol. Pansold was convicted of aiding and abetting assault for his part in the program in 1998 and was hired by Red Bull in 2000 and is now a specialist in analyzing physical testing data to see how on-field performances can be improved and there is no suggestion that he continues to be involved in doping.

Athletes from East Germany experienced severe side effects such as deepened voices, cancer, ruined ovulation cycles, and an increase in the growth of facial and body hair.

While it is still rumored that the Apline Ski champion has ever taken performance enhancing drugs and has never failed a dope test, her visits to the lab in the village of Thalgau, shows how vulnerable the Olympic stars of today are to the murky past of doping. The publicist of Vonn initially denied that Vonn has been a visitor to the facility but later acknowledged that Lindsey had undertaken tests at the lab and had exchanged nothing more than pleasantries with the doctor.

In an interview in March, Pansold had confirmed Vonn had visited his facility twice a year and called her a ‘very nice girl’. The 28-year-old poster girl for the US team has been sponsored by the energy drink company Red Bull since 2005 and is given a number of perks, including other state-of-art training facilities at the company-sponsored Salzburg football team’s headquarters.

The World Cup alpine ski racer who competed with the United States Ski Team has won four overall World Cup championships – one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Lindsey won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics and has also won six consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013), four consecutive titles in Super G (2009–2012), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012). She has become the most successful American skier in history with her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007/2011), and four overall World Cup titles. The alpine ski racer received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010 and was also honored again as the USOC’s sportswoman of the year for 2010.

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