Nico Mattan admitted in the Belgian press that EPO and other doping products were frequently used by riders in his earlier riding days. Mattan, who currently rides for the Professional Continental DFL-Cyclingnews team, was interviewed by the regional weekly Belgian newspaper Krant concerning Johan Museeuw's confession that he had used EPO.
"I think that was a mistake for Johan. He must have said in fact, 'Yes, I have taken EPO'. And then? Johan certainly did nothing more than any other rider," Mattan said. "At that time the whole peloton was riding on EPO." Did Mattan ever use forbidden products? "Ach, who hasn't done a bad thing in his life?" he answered.