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Erik Zabel’s fall from grace continued on Monday when the German ex-professional resigned from the Professional Cycling Council in the wake of his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs for much of his career.
After the French Senate last week published Zabel’s name in a list of riders who tested positive for EPO at the 1998 and 1999 Tours de France, the German, a former green jersey winner at the Tour, confessed over the weekend to having only told a partial truth in his 2007 doping confession. In that confession, Zabel claimed to have only used EPO before the 1996 Tour.
On Monday, Zabel resigned from his post on the Professional Cycling Council at the UCI.
“The International Cycling Union has announced that the former sprint cyclist Erik Zabel has resigned from the Professional Cycling Council. He contacted the UCI president earlier today to offer his resignation and to further express his ‘deep regret for having lied for so long about taking performance enhancing substances,'” the sport’s world governing body said in a press release. “Erik Zabel said that cycling is now in a cleaner era, however he is no longer the right person to be a part of the Professional Cycling Council.”
Earlier Monday, Zabel resigned as the sport director at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in German.