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by Shane Stokes
April 18, 2018
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Prior to doping the riders of the US Postal Service, it has been reported that the notorious doctor Michele Ferrari and the doctor Luis García del Moral administered banned substances to the riders of the Spanish national track team. The admission came from del Moral, according to El Pais, and related to his time as the medical director of Spain’s national track cycling squad between 1993 and 1998.
Del Moral made his past actions public during an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2016. This appeal saw former US Postal manager Johan Bruyneel seek to overturn his ten year ban from the sport.
Bruyneel’s lawyer James Bunting post questions to Del Moral: this exchange was published in El Pais.
Q: For five years you worked with members of the Spanish cycling team?
Del Moral: Yes. I was responsible for the national track team, but not for the medical controls. Medical manager
Q: And during that period, from 1993 to 1998, did you also work with Dr. Ferrari?
Q: And Dr. Ferrari was involved with his work in the Spanish cycling federation?
Q: Is it true that he supplied the Spanish cyclists with corticosteroids during this period?
DM: That was not the main thing. The main thing was EPO and growth hormone.
Q: There was a doping program in the Spanish cycling team between 1993 and 1998?
It is not clear which riders were involved. A final decision in the Bruyneel appeal case is still pending.
Click through to see the full story at El Pais.