Cyclist Laurent Jalabert surprised at EPO failure

JULIEN PRETOT
Last updated 08:40 25/06/2013

Relevant offers

Other Sports

10 things you need to know about Andy Ruiz ahead world title fight against Joseph Parker Canterbury Red Sox rack up 22nd consecutive South Island softball title Wellington's Sam McCutcheon utilises experience to take 2016 Kepler Challenge title near Te Anau Aussies won't 'rest on laurels' after three World Bowls gold medals Back to back world bowls champion Karen Murphy hails Burnside as her 'happy hunting ground' Andy Ruiz predicts 'life and death' fight with Joseph Parker for WBO heavyweight title Christchurch teenager Nick Moulai smashes national under-17 3000m record in Auckland Trim Andy Ruiz plays down late arrival to New Zealand for WBO title fight Joseph Parker of Andy Ruiz? The matchmakers have their say on the WBO heavyweight title fight Pole vault prodigy Olivia McTaggart equals Eliza McCartney's national secondary school's record

Former Vuelta champion Laurent Jalabert expressed surprise at a French newspaper report which said he used the banned drug erythropoietin in 1998.

"It's a surprise. Obviously I rode in the 1990s," Jalabert told French radio RTL, a station he is a pundit for. "As I said during my hearing at the Senate, I always trusted my three teams.

"I'm taking a blow. I don't know whether there will be other names, if there will be evidence. I cannot challenge this because I don't have evidence," the 1997 time trial world champion added.

"I have not been informed. I wonder how it is that journalists can be aware of that while I am not?"

French sports daily L'Equipe said a 1998 Tour de France sample from Jalabert, which was re-tested in 2004, showed traces of the blood-booster EPO.

"I cannot say for sure say that I have never taken anything banned," Jalabert told a French Senate investigation committee into doping last month.

"I have effectively used products when necessary, in case of lesions or other injuries. At ONCE, in the evening after the stages, the doctor took care of us for our recovery, but we didn't really know what it was.

"A relationship with doctors based on mutual trust was established, so we did not ask any questions. We were treated, I have never said otherwise. Were we doped? I believe we were not."

Jalabert, who quit as France road racing coach earlier this year, withdrew with his ONCE team from the 1998 Tour after protesting all riders were being labelled as cheats in the wake of the Festina doping scandal.

Jalabert, 44, is a leading commentator for French national TV on the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content