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Michael Ask, head of Anti-Doping Denmark, says Bjarne Riis, manager of Tinkoff-Saxo up until April of this year, “failed to intervene,” and “it is totally unacceptable”.

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24.06.2015 @ 06:46 Posted by Renaud Breban

A report by Denmark’s anti-doping agency published a report after a strong investigation about doping. In this 97-page document, many informations into doping in Danish cycling between 1998 and 2015 including some informations about the CSC team.

 

Michael Ask, head of Anti-Doping Denmark, says Bjarne Riis, manager of Tinkoff-Saxo up until April of this year, “failed to intervene,” and “it is totally unacceptable.” Senior Team CSC members Johnny Weltz (directeur sportif at the Cannondale-Garmin team) and Alex Pedersen also were aware of the practices. 

 

One of the first revelation is the existence of a team doping centre in Luxembourg. According to a number of former CSC riders including Bo Hamburger explained that the team - then Known as Memory Card-Jack @ Jones- established a doping centre in Luxembourg at the apartment of a unnamed rider. Johnny Weltz was responsible for the supply of doping products. 

 

The culture of doping was total. Michael Rasmussen, Tyler Hamilton and Jorg Jaksche all testified that doctors at CSC gave riders synacthen without medical justification. Hamilton said that doctors risked being fired by the team if, for ethical or health reasons, they refused to provide cortisone injections.

 

In his evidence to the study group, Riis denied that there was a general abuse of cortisone on the CSC team. He said that his instructions to the team doctors were that they should follow the rules, and it was up to the doctors to decide whether there was a medical justification to administer cortisone to a rider.

 

 

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