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by Mark Zalewski
January 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.
Jacques Hanegraaf, the former manager of pro cyclist Thomas Dekker, has filed a lawsuit against the co-author and publisher of Dekker’s tell-all book “My Battle.” Hanegraaf is alleging extortion by Dekker and seeking to ban a new edition of the bestselling book, with more than 100,000 copies already sold.
In the book Dekker claims that Hanegraaf was the one who put him in contact with the Spanish doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who was at the centre of the Operacion Puerto investigation.
“I am down in the book as a criminal, while I have never in my life met Fuentes. Thomas also claims that I have used doping,” Hanegraaf told De Telegraph, who was himself a former cyclist.
Hanegraaf said that the claims in the book are revenge for him going after Dekker to collect on a debt amounting to tens of thousands of euros.
“He drags me deliberately into his doping story, just because I want my money back from him,” said Hanegraaf.
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