By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001
Danish rider Bo Hamburger, silver medalist at the 1997 road world’s, said Monday that he intends to take the UCI to court in a bid to clear his name after it was confirmed he failed a dope test. Hamburger looks set for a long suspension after his B sample Monday confirmed he had failed a dope test for EPO in Belgium on April 19. The 31-year-old had already been suspended by his Danish team CSC-Tiscalis on May 10 when it was revealed he had failed the test. But the classics and one-day specialist said he is “very surprised” at the test result. “I didn’t expect the result of the B test to be positive at all,” Hamburger told AFP. “My two medical experts who were present during the second B test analysis were told that I was below the authorized limit. I thought it was only a matter of time before the UCI cleared me.” Although he accepts he must be sanctioned in some way, Hamburger said he will fight tooth and nail to make sure his name is cleared.
“It’s normal for them (UCI) to follow certain procedures, which also concern me, and if I’m guilty I will take the punishment. But I can’t accept that (the result of the test and any future suspension). I will take this to the courts. I don’t know if this is a political decision by the UCI, who perhaps can’t accept the fact that expensive EPO detection tests can produce negative counter results,” he added. “This will be a battle between the little man and the big corporation, and they (UCI) will be hoping that I pull out and forget about taking court action just because it will be hard for me and my family.”