Following news reports that he admitted to the use of EPO early in hiscareer, former U.S. Postal team, rider Frankie Andreu released the followingstatement explaining his reasons for his admission.
Turning the sport around.
As hard as it is, sometimes putting something on the line is the onlyway to help. My confession of taking EPO when I was younger is not meantto drag anyone down but to raise awareness of the problems that existedand still exist. I don’t have to tell you this because in the last fewyears some big profile names have brought this to all of our attention.
I took EPO to help myself, not to help anyone else. The article mentionsa specific date but I never mentioned the time frame of my mistakes. Itdoesn’t matter the reason why or when, it’s wrong! To say there isn’t aproblem in cycling would just kid yourself, there is a problem it seemsin many sports now. At least cycling is taking the steps to try and correctitself and make it a better a sport. It took cycling a long time to takethis stance.
When I took EPO, the peloton was flying. I was surviving. I didn’t live in the doping world very long but that short time felt forever. The sport is trying to make things right and perhaps it’s time the riders also try to make things right. They don’t have to speak about anything, they just have to race clean as many in the peloton now do.
Are my remarks going to make the sport better? Are my remarks going to clean up the sport? Probably not. I’ve been out of the sport for six years and I’m sure things have changed a lot. If anything I hope that my words help other riders, especially young riders, to not get caught up in doping.
We need to make some steps to make things better. If DNA sampling andtesting is required then that is the way we should move. I understand theinvasion of privacy and no other sport requires this, but if you put thetruth out on the table then perhaps something good will come from it.