Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 16, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.

Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture

by CyclingTips

A new book published by former Dutch pro and sanctioned doper Thomas Dekker recounts the extent of the doping culture on the Rabobank team. The book, “Thomas Dekker: Mijn Gevecht (My Battle),” was written in conjunction with journalist Thijs Zonneveld and goes into detail about the 2007 Tour de France, made famous when his teammate Michael Rasmussen was ejected from the race while in the yellow jersey over lying about his whereabouts for out-of-competition testing. It says that riders took EPO, cortisone, received blood transfusions and used prostitutes. An excerpt of the book was published by Algemeen Dagblad.

Thomas Dekker back racing at Brabantse Pijl after his 2 year sanction

Thomas Dekker back racing at Brabantse Pijl after his 2 year sanction.


At the team meeting before the start Rasmussen says he wants to win the Tour. We need a little laugh. I think it’s great speech. We do not yet know that he lied about his whereabouts, nor that he is up to his neck full of dope – though we suspect it.

Rasmussen turns out to be right; He’s very good. In the first real mountain stage of the Tour he is already at sixty kilometres from the finish. We only see him again after the finish in Tignes, in the yellow jersey. In the evenings, the atmosphere at the table is great. There is Champagne for everyone.

From that day we ride for Rasmussen. We begin to believe that the weird Dane can win the Tour. There are riders from other teams caught doping; they disappear through the back door of the Tour. But at our table we do not talk about doping.

He has devised a system for himself and apparently it works, because he rides in the yellow jersey. Simple enough. Doping is everywhere. In our team, other teams. Dynepo, cortisone, blood bags, drips with water and sleeping pills — if you are anywhere around this absurdity, you eventually think it is normal.”

Click through to read more at Algemeen Dagblad.

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