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by Matt de Neef
September 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Leontien van Moorsel has been accused of using the blood booster EPO in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where the Dutchwoman won the road race, time trial and individual pursuit.
The accusations come from former cycling doctor Peter Janssen who told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant that he had provided EPO to van Moorsel and shown her how to inject the drug.
“They [Van Moorsel and her husband Michael Zijlaard, ed.] came outside the office hours. I think they may have been six times,” Janssen said. “There was often a long time between and at the last of those consultations it was then asked if it was possible to try a cure.”
Van Moorsel admits she had consulted Dr Janssen, but denies ever using EPO: “I was in practice in Janssen in the 1990s,” she told Volkskrant. “Whether at the end of the nineties, 2000 or 2001 … He gave me advice on my diet and training plans. I’m very grateful to Dr. Janssen. He gave me the motivation when I made my comeback to believe in myself again.”
In addition to her Olympic gold medals, Van Moorsel is also a two-time road race world champion, a two-time world time trial champion and held the women’s hour record from 2003 to 2015.
Follow the link to read more at Volkskrant.nl.