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Leukemans stands alone

By Susan Westemeyer

Björn Leukemans was not surprised that Team Predictor-Lotto fired him for his positive doping test, but said that it "still was quite a blow."

He told that now he must wait for his hearing before the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community) on January 10, while continuing to protest his innocence. "I have nothing to confess, therefore I can confess nothing."

He said that he feels alone and abandoned. "I only know that I stand alone," he continued. "I have relied on my family and friends. And some of them have disappeared, too. That is life, right? But it is hard. I have learned a lot from this. Many people have surprised me in a negative way."

The 30 year-old said he doesn't now know what his future will hold. "I don't know whether I will return if I am acquitted. First, I will have to think about it all. At this moment, I don't see any sense in cycling. But I am continuing to train."

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