By Susan Westemeyer
A German Olympic team doctor has admitted providing testosterone to riders in the 1980s, and the German national U23 coach has been accused of providing doping products to U23 riders in that same time period.
Georg Huber admitted that he gave cyclists testosterone between 1980 and 1990. He was directly suspended by the BRD (the German cycling federation) and the University of Freiburg, where he worked.
Huber was team doctor for the German summer Olympic team for six Olympic games. He has been the team doctor for the German national team since 1972.
The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" reported that Huber and national coach Peter Weibel were both named by two former U23 riders, Jörg Müller and Christian Henn. Henn confessed last week to having used EPO while riding for Team Telekom in the 1990s.
"It didn't start in 1995 at Telekom but a lot earlier," Müller said. In 1987 he says he was personally given Andriol by Weibel during a stage race in France and the trainer gave the riders other medications. "I don't know what they were; also injections."
The West German team reportedly found the doping necessary, in order to compete with the East Geman team. "It was clear to us that the eastern riders doped -- so we had to take something, too," Müller said. "The whole thing was run in agreement with Professor Huber of the Freiburg University.
Henn confirmed Müller's story, saying that he received Andriol and cortisone from Weibel.
Henn is currently sports director at Team Gerolsteiner. The team's business manager, Renate Holczer, told Sport1.de "We were surprised by this news. At the moment we are not considering separating from him, but this is certain something that we will have to talk about."