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Bert Grabsch's doping solution

By Susan Westemeyer

Bert Grabsch, who will transfer to T-Mobile for 2007 after Team Phonak ceases to exist at the end of this year, commented on doping in the peleoton.

"The problem of doping won't go away by itself," said Grabsch. "That's why it's so important to finally get a law against it, because if you can go to prison for doping, then maybe that will scare some people away from it." Yet Grabsch expressed some doubt about the potential success of his proposed solution.

At the end of the month, Grabsch flies to South Africa to train. "A new professional chapter is opening for me with a team that has a lot of potential. Almost half of the team is new, and there's also new management and a new Sports Director," he told

Grabsch does not yet know whether he will ride the Tour de France in 2007. "Unfortunately there is no team time trial, otherwise I would be 70 percent sure that I would be there. So I just hope for the best."

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