The truth wants to come out. It never changes.
In this particular matter, we have an investigation into the doping practices of the former German powerhouse squad Telekom team. Aka T-Mobile. Aka T-bag.
[Werner] Franke said he remains convinced that former T-Mobile rider Patrik Sinkewitz was not the only rider on the squad to be driven from Strasbourg to Freiburg after that year’s first stage to re-infuse a pint of his own blood. Franke said that witness accounts vary as to the precise number of riders who arrived in Freiburg, but insists “at least five and possibly six or all seven riders from the reduced team went to Freiburg that night.”
Oh, this is going to be good. When’s Jan going to finish that book of his. C’mon man, I’m thirsty. Gimmie a sip of that big ass glass of lemonade won’t you?
The chairman of both committees on which Franke now serves, attorney Hans Joachim Schäfer, the former president of the court of justice in Reutlingen, said he is less inclined than the activist Franke to reach a conclusion… quite yet.
“We suspect that there were stored blood bags in the clinic, but we have no proof,” he notes.
Schäfer declined to say whether the two doctors’ laboratories even had the necessary equipment to carry out the properly handle transfusions.
“Blood transfusion, if well done, is a complex business, where a peculiar infrastructure is needed,” Schäfer said. “But it’s also possible to do it without extremely expensive or specific equipment. Essentially, you merely have to heat the blood, connect the bags to tubes and a needle and let it run.”
Schäfer is also reviewing records from earlier years, focusing particularly on inconsistent records from 2005, where the panel ran across at least two allegedly faked names in patient documents from that year’s team.
“It should have been cyclists,” says Schäfer, noting that the values associated with the two samples were “near or even over limits” for hematocrit and other measures.
The panel is also reviewing the records of a third suspended doctor from Freiburg, Georg Huber, who provided then amateur riders Jörg Müller and Christian Henn with testosterone in the 1980s. At the same time, Huber launched a study, in which he concluded that testosterone does not enhance performance, but then he continued to supply athletes with the same treatment. Interestingly, Huber was named “sports doctor of the year” in 2005 for work he did with Germany’s anti-doping agency, the NADA.
Huber was extensively involved with German cyclists attending the 2000 Sydney Olympics, at which then Telekom riders, Ullrich, Alexander Vinokourov and Klöden, swept the podium. Huber reportedly arrived in Sydney with a variety of equipment, including blood centrifuges, used to monitor hematocrit levels.
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