By Agence France Presse
Former Belgian cycling great Johan Museeuw took the blood-boosting drugs EPO and Aranesp in the 2003 season, the Belgian media reported on Friday, quoting judicial sources.
The Belgian television station VRT and De Morgen newspaper carried excerpts from the official record of the prosecutor in the case that probed text messages sent between Museeuw and veterinary surgeon Jose Landuyt, who is under investigation for trafficking illegal drugs.
“In the exchange of faxes and SMS (text messages), interrogations and admissions of Landuyt and other people, it is established that Johan Museeuw took Aranesp and EPO,” said the report.
On October 8 last year, Museeuw was given a two-year ban by the Belgian cycling federation for being implicated in the Landuyt doping affair.
However the 38-year-old, who won the 1996 world championship and was World Cup winner in 1995 and 1996, had not failed a drugs test and had already retired from the sport.
Wiggins ninth in scratch race at Manchester
Britain’s triple Olympic medalist Bradley Wiggins was ninth in the scratch race behind winner Jermoe Neuville of France as the World Cup meeting got under way Friday at the National Velodrome in Manchester.
Rob Hayles had to settle for silver in the individual pursuit after losing a third final inside a year to Spain’s Sergio Escobar. Hayles, who won a silver and a bronze medal in Athens, was outpaced by the same man who beat him in the final of last year’s World Championships and the bronze medal race of the Olympic pursuit.
Wiggins, who intends to switch to road racing until 2007 before heading back to the track to begin his build-up to the defense of his Olympic pursuit title, said this weekend’s World Cup “will be my last international track race for a few years.”
“I can give the road a few years and will get stronger by riding events like the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia,” he said.”
Wiggins is to begin road racing in the Tour Down Under in Australia next week but said his main aim for the season was to win the prologue time-trial in the Giro on May 7.
“It’s a dead straight, flat 1.2 kilometer course,” Wiggins said. “As soon as they told me about it I got excited. If I’m strong in the Giro, I will get selected for the Tour (de France). My aim is to finish both.”
As for this weekend’s track meet, Wiggins said he will battle back in the points race.
“The aim was to make them hurt, really, and try and get a grip that way. I was just trying to race a hero’s race, I suppose,” he said. “It worked to a degree, but I was just caught in the wrong group at that last bit. The last 10-15 laps no one had any legs left.”
1. Jerome Neuville (F)
2. Volodymyr Rybin (Ukr)
3. Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre)
1. Sergio Escobar (Sp)
2. Robert Hayles (GB)
3. Levi Heimans (Ned)
1. René Wolff (G)
2. Mickaél Borgain (F)
3. Shane Kelly (Aus)
1km time trial
1. Christopher Hoy (GB)
2. Ben Kersten (Aus)
3. Stefan Nimke (G)
1. Katherine Bates (Aus)
2. Vera Carrara (I)
3. Alexis Rhodes (Aus)
1. Christin Muche (G)
2. Victoria Pendleton (GB)
3. Tamilla Abassova (Rus)