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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Savio promises legal action after being cleared in ‘pay and ride’ investigation; Former pro who injected son with steroids given lifetime ban; Mikel Landa to lead Sky at Giro; Beñat Intxausti ready to restart in 2017; Georgia Baker completes ORICA-AIS 2017 roster; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA signs Page, extends with Arroyo; Marc Sergeant reflects on highs and lows of 2016; Dutch track riders threaten federation over future of coach; Van Avermaet undergoes surgery from MTB crash; Meares named as third Gold Coast 2018 ambassador; Superprestige Gavere highlights; Happy birthday Bernard Hinault.
Teo Muis, a former Dutch professional cyclist, was handed a lifetime ban by the Dutch cycling federation (KNWU) after it was determined he had been injecting his 17-year-old bike racing son with steroids while telling him it was only vitamin injections. Jesse Muis tested positive for amphetamine and the anabolic steroid nandrolone after a junior race in Flanders in 2015.
The rider was initially given a four-year ban for the positive test. However, it was later determined that the father was doping his son without the son’s knowledge. After an investigation the Dutch federation reduced Jesse Muis’ ban to two years and gave the father a lifetime ban.
At the hearing the elder Muis asked for his name not to be published with the sanction, as it could lead to “undesirable consequences for relations within the family.” That request was rejected by both the federation and by the disciplinary committee.
Teo Muis only rode as a pro for two years with a Spanish team. In an interview three years ago he recounted being offered drugs but said he had always refused.
“It was offered to me, by teammates,” he said. “But I never did. I was too afraid I would be caught and I did not want that.”
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