The top deuce-ace dais finishers at the 1998 Turn de France took EPO during the subspecies, according to a paper promulgated by French day-after-day Le Monde on Tuesday. Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich, and American Bobby Julich were named on with German sprinter Erik Zabel, who won the commons t-shirt for the topper sprinter that twelvemonth.
All leash named athletes sustain antecedently been identified as dopers. Julich admitted to fetching performance-enhancing drugs in 2012 and resigned from Squad Sky, expression that during the 1998 Spell de France his wife confronted him some his behaviour. Abaft days of hush and cabalistic comments, Ullrich came unobjectionable approximately his use of PEDs originally this class. And Pantani, one of the superlative climbers in cycling’s account, has hanker been associated with doping, dating binding to his disqualification at the 1999 Giro d’Italia for an haematocrit indication supra 52 pct, a mark of EPO or ancestry doping.
Patch Le Monde’s story jives with accounts roughly Pantani, Ullrich, and Julich’s yesteryear, it contradicts a 2007 argument made by Zabel, who confessed to winning EPO for the 1996 Spell de France. Obstinate to the up-to-the-minute reputation, he had claimed to bear time-tested doping for solitary a workweek, fillet due to english effects.
Since May, a fence has raged complete the dismissal of the names. The phratry of Pantani, who died in 2004, has appear powerfully against assignment riders. Close Friday, the master cyclists’ affiliation too came out against publishing.
“Publishing of a number amounts … to an charge of doping without any way of demurrer,” the CPS aforementioned, disputation that no counter-analysis was potential as the pilot samples no thirster existed.
The liberation comes a day ahead the French Sen is set to waiver the wide listing of riders flagged as cocksure for EPO in retro tests from the 1998 Turn. A wax dossier of more 40 names is expected Wednesday.