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Rabobank releases details of 2009 doping controls

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
February 10, 2010, 10:40 GMT,
Updated:
February 10, 2010, 12:41 GMT
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Two Rabobank riders in the bunch

Two Rabobank riders in the bunch

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Dutch team's riders underwent a total of 484 UCI tests last season

Dutch ProTour squad Rabobank has issued a detailed list of the urine and blood control tests carried out by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on each member of its 30 rider roster in 2009.

The total of 484 tests included 304 urine tests and 180 blood tests, conducted both in and out of competition. The riders averaged 16 tests each over the year. Giro d'Italia winner Denis Menchov was the most tested as he underwent 42 controls throughout the season. At the other end of the spectrum was Mauricio Ardilla, with only five.

The team pointed out that the numerous tests make it easier for the International Cycling Union (UCI) to develop individual profiles for each rider under the biological passport programme; enabling the UCI to detect potential abnormalities. Despite the stringent requirements of the programme, team management expressed their satisfaction with the efforts made by riders to meet their responsibilities.

"The biological passport requires an effort from everyone in the team: riders have to fill in their whereabouts and be available for testing. The riders have done this task well,” said Harold Knebel, general director of Rabo Cycling Teams.

In June 2009, Rabobank reported that in the first half of the season, its riders had undergone 240 controls.

The following is the complete list, with the riders' names followed by the number of urine and blood tests undertaken by each rider, respectively:

Denis Menchov (21 - 21)
Juan Manuel Garate (19 - 9)
Oscar Freire (17 – 10)
Robert Gesink (16 – 10)
Juan Antonio Flecha (13 – 7)
Stef Clement (13 – 8)
Joost Posthuma (11 – 8)
Laurens Ten Dam (11 – 7)
Paul Martens (13 – 5)
Lars Boom (10 – 8)
Koos Moerenhout (12 – 5)
Bram de Groot (12 – 5)
Pieter Weening (10 – 6)
Tom Leezer (10 – 6)
Grischa Niermann (12 – 4)
Sebastian Langeveld (7 – 9)
Bram Tankink (11 – 3)
Maarten Tjallingii (9 – 5)
Dmitriy Kozontchuk (9 – 5)
Mathew Hayman (10 – 3)
Graeme Brown (6 – 7)
Tom Stamsnijder (8 – 4)
Rick Flens (7 - 4)
Kai Reus (5 – 6)
Nick Nuyens (7 – 4)
Jos van Emden (7 – 3)
Bauke Mollema (5 – 3)
Marc de Maar (4 – 3)
Pedro Horrillo (5 – 2)
Mauricio Ardila (4 – 1)

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Rabobank target transparency

Rabobank's release of 2009 doping controls details tests carried out by the International Cycling Union (UCI). However, the figures released by the team on Tuesday do not include a number of other tests conducted throughout the season by both the team themselves and by third parties.

Rabobank Press Officer Luuc Eisenga told Cyclingnews that in addition to UCI and internal controls, their riders are also potentially subject to even further tests from national cycling federations.

"The list released includes the UCI's official tests throughout last year," he said. "There are controls we do internally and, depending on the rider's nationality and national federation, they can also be subject to tests from those federations."

Like all ProTour teams, the squad contributes 120,000 Euros annually to the UCI's biological passport programme. A number of teams - including Saxo Bank and RadioShack - announced at the end of last year that they would not conduct internal testing this season due to their faith in the UCI programme.

Eisenga said Rabobank's maintenance of its own programme was part of its own protocol to protect the health of its riders, rather than any indication of misgivings about the biological passport.

"Our own tests form part of a series of four health checks carried out on every rider throughout each year," he said. "There is trust in the [UCI's] biological passport system. The reason we have released these details is to demonstrate complete transparency; we want to let people know the efforts that are going into the [UCI] programme."