A week after the Worlds, he celebrated with friends at a Stuttgart discotheque and after taking a taxi home to find his girlfriend absent, he climbed into his car to find her. He crashed into a garden fence, and left the scene of the accident “under shock,” but returned to the scene within minutes. A test at the scene showed he had .07% blood alcohol content, which was above the German limit of 0.05%. Schumacher admitted to having been under the influence of alcohol.
At the time, the German tabloid BILD claimed that Schumacher had also tested positive for a “recreational” (as compared to performance – enhancing) drug in a blood test taken at the scene, which the cyclist vehemently denied. However, in a press release issued yesterday evening, he said that “I have now been informed that the police control showed that a slight amount of amphetamines were found in my body.”
“My problem is that I haven’t the slightest idea how it could have gotten there. I can’t say anything else although I know that this is not a good statement. The only thing that I absolutely know: I did not knowingly take any drugs.”
While he further noted that the use of amphetamines outside of competition is not on the forbidden list, the dpa press agency reported that the International Cycling Union (UCI) put amphetamines on the forbidden list in 1967. That is the same drug for which Jan Ullrich was suspended for six months in 2002, after a positive unannounced test while he was recovering from a knee injury.
The question as to whether this is a “doping case” remained unanswered, since the test was conducted by the police and not by an anti-doping authority. The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR, German federation) issued a statement saying, “Our attorneys are investigating the matter. It will not be swept under the carpet.”
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One man’s opinion on the subject, just to get this one started up:
From: Matty E
Subject: Shit, now we’re taking it too far…
You know a couple of months ago I won a race and went partying with friends in Houston. I woke up the next morning with a half eaten large pizza in my bed and 2 extacy tabs on the nightstand minus a few larger bills. To this day I cannot honestly remember 80% of that night.
So now we’re going to pop ‘ol Schumi for having too much fun? What the hell is the UCI thinking? Do you really think that even if this took place before a major race (which it didn’t) that he was really going to wake up the next morning all chipper and completely crush the field? Please.
This is our sport. Shame, shame.
Here at drunkcyclist.com we have always promoted the use of performance de-enhancing drugs. Such as, for example, alcohol in copious quantities.
And we will continue to do so.
We have to beat ourselves down to nothing and then place poorly; otherwise no one else would be given a chance to win any races. It’s all about being generous. Generous booze hounds.by