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Suspended Van Dooren retires

Bas van Dooren announced his retirement Thursday, soon after learning that he had been suspended for a year after testing positive for erythropoietin. According to an Associated Press report, Van Dooren, who won World Cup races in 1999 and 2000, admitted he used EPO to prepare himself for the world championships in September. “I needed a great result to extend my career,” he told the Dutch newspaper AD. Van Dooren finished 11th in a race won by Canadian Roland Green. Van Dooren told the Dutch paper that he had information about EPO on the internet and paid $400 for the drug. Once his

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Bas van Dooren announced his retirement Thursday, soon after learning that he had been suspended for a year after testing positive for erythropoietin.

According to an Associated Press report, Van Dooren, who won World Cup races in 1999 and 2000, admitted he used EPO to prepare himself for the world championships in September.

“I needed a great result to extend my career,” he told the Dutch newspaper AD.

Van Dooren finished 11th in a race won by Canadian Roland Green.

Van Dooren told the Dutch paper that he had information about EPO on the internet and paid $400 for the drug.

Once his “B-Sample” came back positive, Van Dooren was informed that he would be suspended for the entire season next year and fined $1400 Euros.

“They’ll never see me again in mountain biking,” he said.