Vierhouten answers his critics

Aart Vierhouten (Skil-Shimano) gave the best possible answer to the dark rumours around him after last Thursday's Belgian police doping raids. On Friday, his name was one of many published in Gazet van Antwerpen as one of those who was raided. But he denied it completely, and on Saturday finished third in the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen.

"One day you are incorrectly named on the front page in a doping affair, and the following day they rectify it on page 50," Vierhouten said. "Three years ago, I trained with a few of the guys [Bruylandts and Omloop]. Maybe that was why the connection was made. But the police have never set foot in my house, let alone interrogated me."

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