Geneviève Jeanson has spoken exclusively to Cyclingnews in her first interview since settling with the United State Anti-Doping Agency on a two year ban from cycling. In the interview, to be published later today, Jeanson reveals that despite the ban ending mid-2007 she won't be returning to the sport.
"I won't race ever again," revealed Jeanson. "I've changed so much this past year that I have a hard time imagining who I was before."
Jeanson tested positive to EPO in July 2005, however, with the assistance of Belgian doctor Joris Delanghe, claimed the reading was a 'false-positive'. An agreement between USADA and Jeanson on November 29 was a landmark decision that saw neither party change their positions, but allowed both to "seek to end this matter without further process", an official statement read.
In the interview, Jeanson reveals: "I had to accept the deal, [...] I simply couldn't afford the long, drawn-out appeal. Look at the Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, they say it may cost him his whole fortune to fight his drug charges. So this way was the easiest to put this chapter of my life behind me."
The candid interview reveals the former cyclist's views on the past and also looks forward to her future plans.