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NewsWire: Doping tolerated at Rabobank until 2007

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Doping tolerated at Rabobank until 2007 — Volkskrant

An investigation by Dutch newspaper Volkskrant led to the allegation on Sunday that doping was “tolerated” on team Rabobank from 1996 to 2007. The paper claims that the choice of drugs was the responsibility of the rider, but that team doctors made sure their health was not at risk.

Supporting testimony came from Stefan Matschiner, Bernhard Kohl’s former manager, and Theo de Rooij, former sports director at Rabobank. Matchiner was Kohl’s manager when he raced with Rabobank from in 2003 and 2004 before moving to Gerolsteiner, where he tested positive for CERA. Rooij was director during Michael Rasmussen’s removal from the Tour in 2007.

“Management has never encouraged doping,” Rooij said. “If there was, then it is a deliberate decision of the medical staff. But when it comes to medical care, you must find the line between doping and medical aid. Riders’ health, either in the short term or long term, is paramount.”

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Farrar returns to Giro after 2011 tragedy — The Seattle Times

A year ago Monday, tragedy hit the Giro d’Italia. For Tyler Farrar, the death of his good friend Wouter Weylandt following a downhill crash near the end of the 2011 Giro’s third stage will never be forgotten. The Seattle Times spoke with Farrar before his return to Italy for this year’s Giro d’Italia.
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Brailsford: Cavendish and Thomas a winning combo — Sunday Morning Herald

Geraint Thomas pulled a perfect leadout for Mark Cavendish at the end of the first road stage of the Giro d’Italia, swinging off Peter Kennaugh’s wheel and launching the world champion into his winning sprint. The duo have a certain chemistry due to their time coming through the British Cycling Academy as amateurs; a chemistry Sky and British Cycling plan on facilitating.

“In particular, Mark will be proud of Geraint and the work he did in the final two to two-and-a-half K — that was pretty impressive,” Brailsford said. “Over time, if that partnership develops, that’s going to be an exciting prospect.”

“The guys, especially the British guys who were on the academy together, were really excited about this, they’ve been talking about it for weeks,” he added. “They just want to get stuck in and involved.”

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