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Menchov, Boom, Dekker react to Boogerd's doping confession

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March 8, 2013, 11:41,
March 8, 2013, 11:21
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, March 8, 2013
Boogerd has never been able to repeat his 1999 win

Boogerd has never been able to repeat his 1999 win

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Dutch ADA say proceedings will follow

The Dutch Anti-Doping Authority says there will be proceedings against Michael Boogerd following his doping confession, but it is unclear who will conduct them. Meanwhile, former teammates and Dutch riders have expressed their opinions on Boogerd's statements, with Denis Menchov and Erik Dekker refusing to join in on the series of Rabobank doping confessions.

Boogerd confessed on Dutch television Wednesday night to having doped throughout much of his 14-year career.

“There will be a process, but we still see who will hold the disciplinary proceedings on his behalf. That is the normal practice in such cases," Dutch ADA director Herman Ram told

The UCI might take over the process as Boogerd was part of the UCI testing pool for the period in which he said he doped. "Athletes who are part of the UCI testing pool fall automatically under the jurisdiction of the International Cycling Union. The UCI must therefore determine whether they start the disciplinary case against Boogerd start or whether we should do."

Reactions: Menchov and Erik Dekker with nothing to say

Now that Boogerd, Michael Rasmussen and Thomas Dekker have all confessed to doping whilst at Rabobank, the pressure is on another big-name former Rabobank ride, Denis Menchov. The Russian,currently with Katusha, had little to say.

Boogerd's confession “was his choice. I have nothing further to say. Cycling is much cleaner, hopefully we can continue that way,” he told De Telegraaf.

He also denied being close to the Dutch rider. “I never talked about doping with Boogerd. We were not friends, but colleagues.”

Another ex-rider who says he will not confess is Erik Dekker, who rode for Rabobank from 1992 to 2006, and upon his retirement became a directeur sportif, a role he now holds for the follow-up team Blanco.

As to his former teammate's confession, “I really do not comment,” he told "You can ask anything, but I say nothing."

Dekker continued, “I will not go into it, because it is just like the last time there was a story about me in the newspaper. So stop now.”

Does he think the Dutch fans want to know? "Yes, I understand everything, but I am obliged to nothing. And I hope you respect that I have nothing to say about it. "

Rabobank withdrew its sponsorship the end of last season, and the team is now running as Team Blanco, still without a main sponsor. Team captain Robert Gesink, now at Paris-Nice, overlapped with Boogerd at Rabobank in the 2007 season. “I don't think that many people were surprised by this. If Michael Boogerd did wrong things, it is good that he confesses. Hopefully now the doping stories are finished and we can look ahead,” he told De Telegraaf.

Blanco's Lars Boom, and Bauke Mollema both joined the team after Boogerd had left, and spoke with Boom said, “I have no words for people who used doping for years and now confess. Hopefully this bullshit is now finished. I'm not going to waste any energy on it.”

Mollema said Boogerd “waited too long, his credibility had fallen to zero.  It would have been brave of him if he had confessed half a year ago."

Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
"The UCI might take over the process as Boogerd was part of the UCI testing pool for the period in which he said he doped."......................................this statement just about says it all!!!!!
Silver Bullet More than 1 year ago
He must go indeed, but phat patty seems to be draped in this greasy Teflon dreamcoat. How can our sport have any self respect with a muppet like him at the helm?
englishbob More than 1 year ago
The real issue for me is not who will confess next but how did all these guys not test positive all those years. Granted there were not always tests for certain products but once those tests came in these riders still evaded the controls and kept riding. Is it that easy still to avoid positives? I don't care and I am sick of hearing about the next revelation, these guys need to explain in detail how they did it and how they avoided the positives, who they were connected to and how high up the tree their influence was, who protected them. Only then will their admissions mean anything. Till they are prepared to do that then their confessions are meaningless and pathetic.
rastymick More than 1 year ago
I don't know all the details, but I think Rasmussen, Landis, Hamilton, Jaksche... have all provided very detailed information on how the system worked, what products were used, how they were used, how they avoided positives... The big problem is, this is an eternal race: new drugs come onto the market, it takes time to develop new tests, the blood passport can be undermined by micro-dosing and who knows what... this is not an easy battle and it can never be won unless there is a significant shift of mindset of riders, managers, staff... I guess the biggest problem is: the sponsors spend a lot of money and they want to see results, if a team doesn't get results, it's finished (so they take some risks), if a rider doesn't get results, his career is finished (so just before this happens, he takes some risks)... But, of course, it's not only about keeping ones job, for some riders it's purely about money, fame... - you make the podium of a grand tour, you are a millionnaire.
Liam Somers More than 1 year ago
You are also making a potentially flawed assumption that the anti-doping agencies WANT to catch all the dopers involved. Don't forget, their bread is buttered on the same performance and sponsorship money that the riders bring to the sport. No different than any professional sports league (a'la MLB, NFL, NBA) not wanting to look TOO closely at how things work under the cover of night. They make a few token busts here and there to keep up appearances, but if they vigorously worked to eliminate all dopers from their respective sports, they wouldn't have a product to sell.
DaveGahan More than 1 year ago
So right, Liam! For some it seems still difficult to unserstand even if it's pretty simple. Nice to see, that some are able to see the whole thing and not only what they WANT to see! ;-)
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Exactamundo. Lian nails it again.
Liam Somers More than 1 year ago
Love how these current riders cling to the "cycling is much cleaner now" mantra, when we all have very reasonable suspicions that it certainly isn't. It won't be long before we see the riders of today being the confessors of tomorrow. Once a dirty sport, always a dirty sport.
bikeracer More than 1 year ago
Great point Liam. I think this is all a public charade and not a real core cleansing. What your going to see is guys that are disposable like Lance, Floyd, Hamiliton and Hincapie as well as others take a fall, but I would say once the storm is over, its going to be business as usual in the peleton. What may happen is doping will be driven further underground and riders will work "one on one", instead of as a "team" unit.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
The UCI is still running affairs, so yes, it's still a dirty sport.
DaveGahan More than 1 year ago
Definitely there will be new scandals in the future! It's allwasy interesting that some fans start to believe in what they call "clean sports" again and again. The public doesn't but the fans do. It becomes a bit strange... I can not understand it because the hard important facts like average speeds don't change. The young guys drive powerfull and are able to win all the tours at the moment. Have a look at Porte. Now, as he rides for sky, "everything" seems to be possible. Same for Froome and wiggins. There are no limits on the clean sky! ;-)
Radegem More than 1 year ago
And once a great sport, always a great sport. To me, dirty or not, it doesn't take away anything from anybody. They suffered, we watched and loved it.
Weiwen Ng More than 1 year ago
In other words, Erik Dekker and Denis Menchov were both doped to the gills.
DaveGahan More than 1 year ago
Of course, but who didn't "know" it before? Okay, not for all of them there was a valid proof before but everybody could feel it kind mysterious that they could perform as good or even better than the ones who were doped to the max... ;-)
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Wow, Dekkers response is amazing! Sounds innocent to me.
Wattie More than 1 year ago
We do have a somewhat absurd position here though. The gist of the comments in these fora is this: If someone confesses they are guilty, if they deny it they are guilty. Where exactly does that leave us?
DaveGahan More than 1 year ago
It's easy. Just accept the truth and discover the logic behind the whole system. For me everybody who performs on the same level as the very best will be decorated with a questionmark. For some of them it would be easier not to believe blind in their "idols" but to simply enjoy the races, the shows. Don't feel desillusioned or disappointed when there are positive tests. Just enjoy the pictures on TV, the "battles", the contest. That's pro cycling, that's pro sport! I'm really looking forward to the giro and tour. Nothing can stop my enjoyment... ;-)
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Catch the Spaniards please.....they continue the charade unabated.