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Kreuziger apparently facing no sanctions for Ferrari confession

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Cycling News
Published:
May 17, 2013, 16:50,
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May 17, 2013, 17:50
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Third Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 17, 2013
Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) saved his team's spring by winning Amstel Gold Race

Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) saved his team's spring by winning Amstel Gold Race

  • Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) saved his team's spring by winning Amstel Gold Race
  • Amstel Gold Race winner Roman Kreuziger
  • Roman Kreuziger (Team Saxo - Tinkoff)
  • Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004

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Czech rider okayed by Saxo-Tinkoff and national federation

Roman Kreuziger's admission that he worked with Dr. Michele Ferrari seven years ago will apparently remain without any repercussions. Both his team, Saxo-Tinkoff, and the Czech cycling federation have said that they will take no action against him. He said that the Italian helped him with workouts and that there was no doping involved.

“I cannot remember the exact dates, but he was my coach for little more than a year, from autumn 2006 to winter 2007,” Kreuziger told sporten.dk. “When I started working with him, I was 20 years old. It was my first year as a professional, and at the time I was convinced that he was one of the best coaches in the world. That's why I contacted him then.

“At the time I did not know that it was forbidden. Today I know that it was poor judgment on my part, and it is quite evident that it was not the right thing to do.

“I regret that and I take full responsibility for my decisions. But I would also like to make it clear that there never was doping involved in our relationship. I received only guidance from him. He helped me with workouts and did some tests on me.”

Kreuziger could conceivably face a suspension for his work with Ferrari, but it appears that both his team and national federation do not seem inclined to sanction him.

“Roman told the same to us as he has told you, and we accept his explanation,” team spokesman Anders Damgaard told sporten.dk.

"We are convinced that Roman has a sincere desire to help cycling forward and work for a clean sport, and the attitude is essential to have when you are on our team.”

Kreuziger, who won this year's Amstel Gold Race, had been asked by journalists at Liege-Bastogne-Liege about his connection to Ferrari, and refused to answer questions at that time. “I did not want to hide it. But I had decided that the best thing would be to go to the Czech federation first to inform them about the case before I went to the public. I spoke with my federation shortly after the Tour de Romandie.”

Marian Stetina, head of the federation, said it would take no action unless the UCI notified it that Kreuziger had a positive doping control. “Roman Kreuziger's statement about his collaboration with Dr. Ferrari is a private statement between him and his team, Saxo-Tinkoff. In his statement, Kreuziger denied that he used illegal drugs. Since the Czech cycling federation has no other evidence, our association will not look into this matter.”

RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who worked with Ferrari needs to be banned. There isn't any other reason for a top cyclist...... Any cyclist to visit this guy. Especially when he has clients paying him huge sums of cash for his training er.....doping expertise. Why take a 20 year old unproven pro on? There are only two reasons I can think of.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Banned, or sanctioned? Banned is a bit severe and ridiculous. Roman was just going for help w/ his training calendar.
antmills More than 1 year ago
Nashbar .... are you serious? I thought we'd got past that kind of niavity.
tralala More than 1 year ago
let's no go ahead and call everyone a cheater. young kids do mistakes all the time and you can say whatever u want about ferrari's practices but he still remains a very good sports doctor. why would he need to dope at 20? for a stage racer it makes no sense as he wouldn't have won anything anyway beeing so young and undeveloped. if that would've happened in 2009 or 2010 when he started to get top 10 places i would also be suspicious.
BigBoat More than 1 year ago
doping in juniors in not uncommon in Europe, in America its not accepted but in Europe its even been documented that top junior riders had high crits, all up around 50%.
Nilsson More than 1 year ago
I've never read such balderdash. Distorted worldview and probably American, right?
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Seven years ago, is that not past period of suspension? Like how after LA came out everyone stopped doping after 2006.
philpaque More than 1 year ago
Yawn
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Why so quick to dismiss this guy? There have long been questions about guys who flash up from nowhere. Did he not ride with LA at one point? I humbly suggest that the authorities dig a bit deeper on all associates of the good doctor.
Tomasz Hiena More than 1 year ago
What about Evans? If you people want to suspend Kreuziger, so you also should want to suspend Evans for the same contacts (even in the same year).
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
It happened the year before all doping stopped, so it could still turn out a problem for RK.
Nilsson More than 1 year ago
It's the only right decision. Firstly, it wasn't forbidden for non-Italians to team up with Ferrari at that time. Secondly, association fallacy is just red herring. 'Guilty by association', we shouldn't want that.