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by Shane Stokes
April 25, 2018
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Karsten Kroon, a stage winner in the 2002 Tour de France, has admitted doping during his career, making the confession after the publication AD.nl exposed his use of banned substances in the past. On Tuesday morning the Dutch newspaper published a story by the reporter Thijs Zonneveld which said that Kroon had admitted to him breaking the rules in this way.
Zonneveld said that the phone conversation happened when Kroon was being considered for a role as a video analyst. He said that Kroon indicated doping use during his career, and said that he would make it public prior to the 2017 Giro d’Italia. However Kroon ultimately did not go to the Giro, something Zonneveld said was due to personal circumstances.
“When the cycling season ended, I asked him what he was going to do with his confession. He replied that he had changed his mind,” Zonneveld wrote. “He was no longer planning to confess. That surprised me. I asked him what he expected from me, as a journalist. Silence? Kroon did not want to confess, I did not want to be co-responsible for protecting his secret. That is at odds with what I have to do as a journalist.”
“The story is right,” Kroon told ANP. “I’m sorry and I take all responsibility for it. I was a professional cyclist in a very difficult time and I have a lot of respect for my colleagues who have resisted the temptation to use doping at the time.”
A professional for 18 years, he raced with Rabobank, Team CSC, BMC Racing Team and Team Saxo Bank. More recently he has been working as a TV commentator on Eurosport. The channel noted that other pros from that era also doped, and that it considered the most important thing was that ‘he has now taken responsibility by giving openness and expressing regret.’ It said that it won’t affect his role.