Suspended mountain biker Erwin Bakker was once again refused entry in an elite mountain-bike race while suspended. Earlier this season, he was caught riding in the Vulkan Bike Marathon in Germany under his brother's name after he won the event (a German journalist recognized Erwin Bakker on the podium picture). This time, organizers of the Grand Raid Cristalp marathon in Switzerland, who found Bakker on their registration rolls, struck him from the participants list before the event ever started.
Bakker is on suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing products twice during the 2005 season: once in March in the Vuelta a Valladolid for testosterone then again in Canada in June for EPO. Bakker was then given a lifelong ban from racing by International Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne.