Erik Zabel is turning his time, attention and money to the future of cycling -- the young riders. "The youngest are the ones who suffer the most from the damage to cycling's image caused by our doping and lying. They have trouble finding money from sponsors." He told the German tabloid BILD that he will donate 100,000 euro "to go directly into the work with the younger riders."
He also wants to work closely not only with the young riders on his current Milram ProTour team, but also with the Continental Milram Team, which rides in the Europe Tour.
After his EPO confession last month, the sprinter said that the reaction from his colleagues has been mixed. "Some found it good, others say they wouldn't have believed it, others look the other way when they meet me." He reconfirmed that he doped only in 1996. "That is the truth. I lied for 11 years, but not any more."