Michael Boogerd handed two-year ban, sees results scrubbed
Retired Dutch rider Michael Boogerd has been handed a two-year suspension for drug use during his career, which ended in 2008. The ban is effective until December 21, 2017, the UCI announced Wednesday, and will include the removal of his results from 2005 to 2007. The ban will also prevent him from working with the Roompot-Oranje Peloton team, where he was set to be a director in 2016.
Boogerd, who has worked on and off within pro cycling since his retirement from racing, admitted to 10 years of doping, from 1997 to 2007, in an interview with Dutch television in 2013. He did not fight his ban.
“Because of my voluntary confession on March 6, 2013, I am bearing the responsibility and accept the consequences of decisions that I have taken in the past,” Boogerd said in a statement.
“The case has been resolved via an acceptance of consequences as provided for by the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules,” a UCI statement said.
Boogerd raced for Rabobank from 1996 to 2007. He won multiple stages of the Tour de France and finished fifth overall in 1998. He also took two editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and won two national championships. He won another national championship in 2006, but that result has been disqualified.
He admitted to the use of EPO, cortisone, and blood transfusions in the 2013 interview, following years of denial. He maintains that he was not part of a team doping system, but instead acted alone. He received no shortened ban because did not provide additional information to authorities.
“I was always alone and am ready to tell my own story and not about other riders or coaches,” he said.