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"Only the Germans are cleaning house"

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Cycling News
Published:
May 31, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:02 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for May 31, 2007
Robert Förster (Gerolsteiner)

Robert Förster (Gerolsteiner)

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Robert Förster, Gerolsteiner's top sprinter, is worried about his future and the future of cycling....

Robert Förster, Gerolsteiner's top sprinter, is worried about his future and the future of cycling. "Sure I'm afraid, when I see what is going on right now and nobody knows where it will end. It is good, but... . We're talking about cycling. We're talking about Germany, where things are being cleaned up. They say it was 20 pros. We want a clean sport," he told the Leipziger Volkszeitung.

"But who speaks of the fact that in Spain there are absolutely no training controls? That in Italy nobody cares about what is happening in Germany now. Of all the people in the Fuentes affair, only Basso has confessed, and that only partially. I don't believe that everything will be taken care off, when only the Germans are cleaning house."

Förster, who won stage 5 in the Giro d'Italia before dropping out, said he was "disappointed" to hear the doping confession of his team's sport director, Christian Henn . "But I find it good that he was the first after Dietz to say: That's the way it was. It would have been a lot worse for cycling, if 10 guys had come out and said, 'We didn't do anything.' I don't have a problem with Henn."

He was surprised at the suggestion that it was still easy to use doping and not get caught. "I don't understand that. .... I was tested 28 times last year. All of our riders have to have blood tests done four times a year. Our blood is tested before each Grand Tour and during those tours. That goes for every ProTour rider as well as the Continental teams. Plus there are training controls. I don't see any holes in that system. I have already been tested 10 times this year. What will it help to be tested more often?"

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