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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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The LottoNL-Jumbo team has sent home three riders from its training camp in Girona, citing disciplinary reasons. In a press statement issued on late on Wednesday, the Dutch squad said that Juan-José Lobato, Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn ‘had used or were in possession of (non-doping-related) sleep medication that was not provided by or used in the team.”
It said that it was ‘a serious violation of the strict regulations of the cycling team.’
The team’s camp will run until Friday. It said the riders would be kept on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. “Because of their unacceptable behaviour, the team’s management has expelled the three riders indefinitely,” it stated. “At a meeting with all riders and staff present earlier this evening, the entire team strongly distanced themselves from this behaviour, which contravenes the core values of the team.
“The three riders involved were also present. Where necessary, they shall be guided to prevent recurrence.”
In the past riders from teams such as Cofidis have combined sleep medication with other substances for a social high. This has at times led to addiction plus other problems.