Walter Godefroot and Steffen Wesemann are suing Jef d'Hont over claims in his book about doping at Team Telekom in the 1990s. D'Hont's attorney, Dimitri Dedecker, confirmed to Focus magazine that they are charging the former soigneur with telling "lies and untruths".
A trial date of December 16 has been set for d'Hont, his publisher Andre Van Halewyck and a Belgian journalist, who is said to have helped with the research. "We are not at all worried," Dedecker said. A decision is not expected until sometime in the coming year.
In his book, published in April, d'Hont claimed that there was systematic doping at Team Telekom in the 1990s. Godefroot, 63, was team manager for Team Telekom/T-Mobile team, and has consistently denied the charges that he organized and financed the doping. He had announced in June that he would take d'Hont to court.
Wesemann, who rode for Telekom/T-Mobile from 1993 to 2006, has supported Godefroot all along and has denied ever being offered doping by anyone associated with the team.