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Dekker, Wauters deny doping whilst riding for Rabobank

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Cycling News
Published:
December 28, 2012, 10:36,
Updated:
December 28, 2012, 10:37
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, December 29, 2012
2004 winner Erik Dekker (Rabobank)

2004 winner Erik Dekker (Rabobank)

  • 2004 winner Erik Dekker (Rabobank)
  • The last Dutch winner: Erik Dekker in 2001

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Sport Directors rode for Dutch team in early 2000s

Erik Dekker and Marc Wauters have both denied having used doping whilst riding for Rabobank. Both are now sports directors with WorldTour teams, and made the denials in light of allegations made by an anonymous former Rabobank rider and details which have emerged from the USADA reasoned decision in the Lance Armstong case.

Levi Leipheimer discussed his doping use during his time with Rabobank, in his affidavit in the USADA case, saying he was assisted by a team doctor. Last weekend, NOS television said that an anonymous retired Rabobank rider described doping on the team, starting in 1999, with Dekker's name being mentioned.

The Dutch cycling federation is conducting an investigation into the past doping practices, and Dekker, a sport director with the Blanco team, told the Algemeen Dagblad, “If I were called for an inquiry, I will gladly go there. What I have to say I do not have to share with the readers of the AD. I have nothing to confess. Have I ever used doping? No!”

Dekker, no relation to cyclist Thomas Dekker, was forced to pause for several weeks for “health reasons” late in the 1999 season when his haematocrit level tested too high, but he said that had nothing to do with doping.

"It's always the same. The cycling world has accused me so often. In 1999, I was nothing and in 2000, Dekker won three stages in the Tour. Anyone can add that up. That's scoreboard journalism.

"You may wonder whether the anonymous source who accuses me is telling the truth, or whether he has his own truth?"

Dekker rode for Rabobank from 1996 to 2006, and served as a sport director for the team, to be known as Blanco Pro Cycling Team next year, since 2007.  Wauters was with Rabobank from 1998 to 2006, and is a sport director for Lotto Belisol.

"It is painful to read. I can only confirm that I've never taken drugs,” he told the Gazet van Antwerpen.

Leendert82 More than 1 year ago
Admitting will mean that their career as they have now will be over. Then who will support their family? Of course they will not admit.
babyearl More than 1 year ago
The riders accused will not jeopardize their positions, and post cycling careers. "Omertà" prevails. Sadly the pro ranks are full of ex dopers who are owners, director Sportifs , team managers and so forth . The fans have been cheated, lied too, and betrayed, I hope that a leader will come out of this mess, and sanitize Pro cycling. As a fan, I enjoy the test of skill, power and endurance of the athletes. Don't be a "show pony".
cer R5 record More than 1 year ago
I have been riding,racing and following pro bike racing since 83.. These older riders only care about repercussions to there families not our beloved sport.. I will never stop riding and following racing. You guys are pussies! period! So mad at my hero's still I can't begin to write how much pain I have over this. To Levi,Zabriski,Barry,and George H. You pussies should have been banned for the two years. It disgusts me that you take a six month ban, thankfully you couldn't make us look like a holes and rep us at the Olympics.. I will never follow you and the other Americans that got us where we are today in American cycling with the dope. I don't know how you can even race in th peloton with a straight face anymore. Please do not race anymore ex dopers!
ceramiccyclist More than 1 year ago
Insulting my intelligence. But of course if there was a proper Truth and Reconciliation committee maybe fewer of these people will feel compelled to lie. I wonder if any of Dekker's blood samples have survived for retrospective testing?
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Deny, deny, deny....same old story.......inescapable until the they are flushed away.....and unless they are, the stain will remain.....