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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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Monday 30, Jun 2014

  Tinkoff-Saxo Sidelines Kreuziger

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Roman Kreuziger has been sidelined by Tinkoff-Saxo team because of doping allegations. It was further disclosed that Kreuziger will not support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France.

According to a statement published on website of the team, 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.

In a press release, Roman Kreuziger denied taking any forbidden substances or using 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 Czech professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Team Tinkoff-Saxo remarked he asked the UCI for an extension, past the end of June 30 this month but was not allowed.

Tinkoff-Saxo team said in a statement the team has decided, in agreement with Roman, that he will not ride in any races including this year’s Tour de France until more information becomes available to the team and added though he won’t be racing for now, until more information becomes available to the team it will not provisionally suspend Roman unless required by the UCI or the Czech Federation.

It was alleged by the UCI’s Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CAFD) that the blood passport profile of Kreuziger revealed abnormalities from March to August 2011 and from April 2012 until the end of that year’s Giro d’Italia when Kreuziger rode for Astana. In June 2013, Kreuziger was notified by the UCI that CAFD considered his data as suspect and he thereafter informed his team. The team’s press release said Kreuziger was adamant that he never used doping methods or substances and added the team through its own medical staff and independent verification was satisfied 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.

Two exculpatory medical opinions were provided by Kreuziger to the UCI in October 2013 but the world governing body of cycling refused to accept his explanation for the passport abnormalities. Kreuziger provided a third opinion arguing that the profile fluctuation may not be attributed solely to doping methods and that the conclusions of CAFD’s Experts Panel had limited scientific supporting evidence. Kreuziger remarked in order to obtain a certain technical evaluation of the data in his biological passport, he should emphasize that the experts he appointed are trustworthy, independent and of three different nationalities and he requested an assessment from them that was absolutely and totally unbiased and as objective as possible.

Kreuziger, while racing for Liquigas, admitted to having worked with Michele Ferrari in his first year as a professional in 2013. The rider occupied the fifth place at Giro d’Italia in 2011 and at Tour de France in 2013.

The Tour de France starts on July 5 with Contador, a two-time winner, expected to be the main challenger to Chris Froome, last year’s champion.

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Saturday 27, Apr 2013

  Kreuziger Refuses To Answer Questions On Doping

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Kreuziger Refuses To Answer Questions On Doping

Czech professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Team Saxo-Tinkoff, Roman Kreuziger, refused to answer questions about alleged links to controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari.

The recently crowned Amstel Gold Race winner refused to entertain inquiries in both English and Italian from a handful of journalists before the team presentation ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The cyclist said he only wants to talk about the race and will speak about this theme after Romandie. 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, the 26-year-old Czech rider didn’t seem happy about the line of questioning and said he only wanted to talk about racing and directed questions toward the press officer of Team Saxo-Tinkoff. The cyclist then walked away and into a tent area where the media was not allowed to enter.

Team spokesman Anders Daamgaard said the Czech rider told him before the team presentation that he didn’t want to field questions about the alleged Ferrari links. The spokesman added that there is no official team statement on Kreuziger, and the Czech suggested he would speak about his past following the Tour de Romandie, April 23-28.

Kreuziger’s win at the Dutch classic puts him in the spotlight and revived questions about his alleged linked to Michele Ferrari, who has been banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Links between Ferrari and several former Liquigas riders were revealed by documents, via testimony of former Ferrari client Leonardo Bertagnolli, as part of USADA’s reasoned decision in the Lance Armstrong scandal. A former Liquigas rider, Bertagnolli, in a written affidavit in Italian, admitted that he worked with Ferrari with the knowledge and consent of Liquigas management and also claimed that Kreuziger was a Ferrari client, among others, including Franco Pellizotti and Enrico Gasparotto, all Liquigas riders at the time.

In 2009, Roman Kreuziger won the Tour de Romandie and was the victor of the Amstel Gold Race in 2013. Roman’s father, Roman Kreuziger Sr., was also a bicycle racer who won the Österreich Rundfahrt in 1991 and the Cyclocross Junior World Championships in 1983. After a successful amateur career which saw him win the Junior Road World Championships in 2004 and a stage of the Giro delle Regioni in 2005, Kreuziger turned professional in 2006 with Liquigas and took his first professional victory in the second stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. In late 2007, the cyclist was also able to complete his first Grand Tour after finishing 21st in the Vuelta a España. In 2008, Roman Kreuziger finished second in the youth competition, and 12th overall in his first Tour de France. Roman in 2012 finished third in the Tirreno-Adriatico and entered the 2012 Giro d’Italia leading Team Astana with Paolo Tiralongo. The cyclist left Astana at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Team Saxo-Tinkoff on a three-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.

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