Marion Sicot admits using EPO, alleges abuse at Doltcini-Van Eyck

Marion Sicot
Marion Sicot (Image credit: Getty Images)

Marion Sicot has admitted to using EPO in an exclusive interview with Stade 2 that aired on Sunday. The French rider, who tested positive for the banned substance last June, has requested a reduced suspension alleging that her decision to purchase and use the drug happened after she experienced months of psychological harassment and abuse by Doltcini-Van Eyck team director Marc Bracke.

"I tried to protect myself by lying …" Sicot told Stade 2. "But once you tell the truth, you're much better, you manage to sleep better and get up in the morning by being a little more proud of what you have done."

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Kirsten Frattini
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