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Freiburg clinic undergoes examination

By:
Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Wheaton, Illinois
Published:
July 10, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:31 BST
Edition:
Tour de France Cycling News for July 10, 2007

After two doctors admitted to playing a part in providing banned performance enhancing drugs to the...

After two doctors admitted to playing a part in providing banned performance enhancing drugs to the T-Mobile team in the 1990's, the Freiburg clinic, which had employed former T-Mobile doctors Lothar Heinrich and Andreas Schmid, has undergone a thorough investigation into its involvement in all professional sports. The doctors admitted their guilt after former T-Mobile soigneur Jef D'Hont revealed doping activities in the team in the '90's.

Immediately after the physicians' admissions, a task force was built to investigate all the facts and draw some conclusions on how to go forward. The head of the university clinic, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jäger, has also initiated an investigation through an external, independent, entity.

The physicians' contract with T-Mobile was cancelled following the investigation, a move which irritated manager Bob Stapleton, who complained that the riders were left without any medical support for legitimate illnesses. The investigation also led to the cessation of services to professional sports other than cycling, but after an initial investigation by the department for sports medicine, services were reinstated to most sports, but cycling continues to be excluded from the clinic's services.

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