Gaumont tips the bucket

French ex-pro Philippe Gaumont has published a book, Prisonnier du dopage, recalling his rather sordid existence as a professional cyclist in the Cofidis team. In it, he goes into detail describing his own doping and recreational drug taking practices, and those of several of the other members of the team. Gaumont ended his career in 2004 after he was arrested by police in relation to the Cofidis affair, which implicated a number of riders and soigneurs in doping practices.

Few of Gaumont's former team colleagues remain untouched by the revelations in the book, and he describes how some of the riders sniffed a mixture of sleeping powder and ephedrine before climbing between rooms on the eighth floor of their hotel. Another rider, now retired, told Gaumont of his experiences with Oxyglobin, an artificial blood booster for use in animals. The rider said that he took it before Paris-Roubaix and it did nothing more than give him a stomach ache.

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