Dekker's B-Sample analysis postponed six weeks

Austrian blood doping investigation will question Dekker, Boogerd

The analysis of Thomas Dekker's B-sample has been postponed for six weeks, and will not be done until the end of September. The lab scheduled to do the testing is too busy testing samples from last month's Track and Field World Championships.

Dekker's attorney, Hans van Oijen, told that the test was now scheduled for September 23 at the doping lab in Cologne, Germany.

The Dutch rider was suspended by Silence-Lotto on July 1, after a re-test of a December 2007 doping control returned positive for EPO. Dekker was with Rabobank when the test was conducted. The Dutch team let him go last August under unexplained circumstances, which included rumours that there were questions about his blood values. While that was denied at the time, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in July that he was caught under the biological passport programme.

Dekker and retired rider Michael Boogerd are also involved in the Vienna, Austria, Human Plasma blood doping case. Van Oijen said that Boogerd refused to travel to Vienna for questioning because he claims he has nothing to do with the affair.

"He is prepared to co-operate but the investigators must come to him. I have told this to the Bundeskriminalamt (federal police) investigators, and they will soon do this. Then they can also take Dekker's testimony directly."

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