I don’t usually cite an entire article from one of the Big Cycling Websites (we are a small cycling website). But today, right here, right now, I pretty much will:
A leading German expert in the fight against doping claimed Monday to have evidence indicating that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had used drugs.
Twenty-four hours after the Spaniard donned the winner’s yellow jersey on the Champs Élysées the expert, Werner Franke, described the 24-year-old’s victory as “the greatest swindle in sporting history.”
Franke bases his claim on documents he says are in his possession from the Spanish police’s Operación Puerto inquiry into Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor said to have masterminded doping programs for athletes. Contador was cleared last year by both Spanish investigators and the UCI.
“The name of this Mr Contador appears on several occasions on the court and police documents,” Franke told German television station ZDF. “All of this has been simply concealed and hidden under the carpet whilst the name Contador was erased from the list of suspicious riders.”
Franke claimed to have a detailed list of banned products used by Contador which appear in sworn statements following the raid on Fuentes’ medical practice.
“He took insulin, HMG-Lepori, a hormone to stimulate the secretion of testosterone and also a product for asthma called TGN – in brief I have before my eyes a protocol for doping,” he told ZDF.
“All of this has been covered up, at least in Spain,” added Franke.
My man Bush43 asked me via email, “Is this report going to blow up, or will they tamp it down?”
He went on to say, “I am thinking it’s going to explode.”
This is like throwing gasoline on the fire at this point. And I’m afraid it might get worse before it gets better.by