Museeuw: I'm sorta of a doper

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  1. helmutRoole2

    helmutRoole2 New Member

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    From cyclingnews.com:

    Quick Step-Innergetic's public relations officer Johan Museeuw has confessed to not being "100 per cent honest" during the final year of his cycling career, in what is generally being interpreted as an admission to doping. Although not being specific about his methods, Museeuw announced his resignation from the team effective immediately at a press conference called in Kortrijk. The revelation follows on from the controversy caused by a series of articles run in the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws yesterday which allege that Quick Step-Innergetic's Patrick Lefevere has had '30 years in doping'.

    "I wanted to end my career in style, that's why I did things which were wrong," the 1996 world champion said during the press conference. "During the preparation of some important races I didn't always play the game 100 per cent honest."

    According to Museeuw's lawyer, Jozef Lievens, there was an occasional training partner of the former world champion, Wouter Vandenhaute, who sent an email to Jean-Marie Dedecker - a notorious anti-doping crusader - which was leaked to Het Laatste Nieuws. "Not all the stories which are circulating are correct," noted Museeuw. "But what Wouter Vandenhaute wrote in a mail, is correct in big lines."

    In 2004 Museeuw almost won Paris-Roubaix until a flat tyre shattered his hopes for a fourth victory at the event.

    Besides the world championship title in Lugano the Lion of Flanders has won eleven classics in the former World Cup and was enormously popular in Flanders, hence the nickname. His popularity dropped when he was found guilty for his involvement in the Landuyt affair by the Belgian Cycling Federation and banned from the sport for two years based on SMS traffic between Museeuw and his doctor.

    In 2005 the judicial authorities sent Museeuw to court for the possession of drugs, but there is still no verdict in this case.

    The Belgian also commented on the Lefevere accusations, a story he calls, "a new sad highlight," in a dragging witch hunt. "But I realise that I added to all of this. I did things that weren't appropriate. I'll keep fighting for a clean sport but I can't put right what has been done," Museeuw said.

    The former champion ended with an appeal: he hopes the media will stop smearing the sport of cycling.

    "I have taken enough insults in the past," Museeuw concluded, requesting that the media now leave he and his family alone.
     
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  2. bobke

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    Thank Gosh for that flat tire!!
    I was happy when he flatted then and as it was he almost came back.
    Because I had already heard he was on the stuff and I recalled how many ridiculous moments there were in the last years, he Mapei sweep, riding Andreu off his wheel 2000 in P-R and on and on.
    Goodbye and good riddance.
    Lets just hope this is the nail in the coffin for that tool Lefevre as well, who has a habit of speaking out all sides of his egregiously large mouth at once.
     
  3. helmutRoole2

    helmutRoole2 New Member

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    Bobke.... back in da house.
     
  4. Bro Deal

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    ROTFL. You didn't like Museuuw because you heard he was on the juice? What did you hear about Armstrong and Disco?
     
  5. bobke

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    I didnt like Museeuw to begin with because he's not a very likeable person.
    Additionally I didnt like him because of the strong indications he was doping.
    Turns out I was right, right?
    I didnt post on every forum here that I heard from friends Johan was doping.
    It doesnt matter in the long run, because it turns out my intuition about him and his ridiculous performances were correct.
    He was a liar and a cheat.
    Case closed.

    Try to respond without mentioning Lance, USPS, Bruyneel, or Sean Kelly, I double dare you.
     
  6. limerickman

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    pricless.
     
  7. Bro Deal

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    The hypocrisy in this case is so hilarious I don't think I can do it.
     
  8. whiteboytrash

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    We now have a new type of confession.... admit you doped but play it down as much as possible.. ie only used a pissweak drug or in my last season when I was over the hill....

    So which bike do I choose now ? The Jan Ullrich bike or the: http://www.museeuwbikes.be/
     
  9. bobke

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    What is priceless is the inability of people who have drooled over Bettini and Boonen to admit their darling Museeuw and his Dark Lord Lefevre are going down bigtime.
    Enjoy.
    Over and out.
     
  10. patch70

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    Funniest post ever from Lance's fluffer.
     
  11. tcklyde

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    Trek is coming out with a team replica bike that has special hemoglobin storage canisters inside the carbon tubing. A tiny IV feeds comes through the stem, into the handlebars and connects to a needle on the inside of the drops. When you need that extra boost, just plug in the needle and juice yourself.

    The "Floyd Landis" replica saddle with testosterone patch sewn into the leather costs extra but really helps on those tough days.
     
  12. wolfix

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    Is there a JU bike?
     
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    Well, at least we know he didn't dope during any other part of his career. To think he won the world championships or PR while doped? I shudder at the thought.
     
  16. Serafino

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    How do we know that? According to the accusations "Dirty Pat" Lefevre ("the bungler" and possible king hypocrite) has had a long and storied history with doping. Didn't he defend JM when the accusations first came out? Did JM really only turn to dope in 2004?

    Really, for cycling as a sport the news just gets worse and worse

    :(
     
  17. helmutRoole2

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    We know it because he said it. Just like, we know Lance didn't dope because he said it. And Floyd... he said he didn't so he didn't. Tyler, same. Herras, Lemond, Basso, Ulrich...

    Dude, I believe.
     
  18. helmutRoole2

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    (Nothing new in this article, but a pretty good synopsis of what's happened so far.)

    Quick Step fielding more allegations
    By Agence France Presse
    This report filed January 25, 2007
    The ProTour-level Quick Step-Innergetic squad is battling to defend its reputation after a Belgian newspaper alleged that the team structured an elaborate internal doping system, which is being protected by an informant at the sport's world ruling body.

    The damaging claims have been made in Belgian paper Het Latste Nieuws, which this week launched a salvo at the team, its former star rider Johan Museeuw and the current team manager Patrick Lefévère.

    Museeuw, the former world champion - known as the 'Lion of Flanders' - surprised many observers on Tuesday by confessing to having doped in the twilight of his career. Further, and more serious allegations have thrown the spotlight on the team which employs 2005 world champion and one-day specialist Tom Boonen, as well as Olympic and reigning world champion Paolo Bettini of Italy.

    On Tuesday Lefévère, the team's emblematic manager, was forced on the defensive after Museeuw, who had been the team's public relations manager, admitted to doping in the final year of his otherwise sterling career.

    "I wanted to finish my career in style, which pushed me to not play the game honestly," said Museeuw.

    Lefévère, too, has also been targeted in the paper's reports.

    An anonymous team rider reportedly told the newspaper of organized doping and recreational drug use, which he said is able to flourish because the team is helped by informant at the UCI who allegedly warned of impending drug tests.

    "The riders don't just take doping products (EPO, Insulin Growth Factor, growth hormones and steroids), but also drugs like ecstasy, cocaine and speed," the anonymous rider alleged.

    The same rider affirmed that Lefévère, who has been among the most vocal advocates of new anti-doping measures in the troubled sport, "financially profits from a system which he knows plenty about."

    Lefévère has formally denied the allegations, and has been taking legal advice about a possible suit for defamation.

    "Let them say what they want about me. Someone who has done nothing wrong has nothing to fear," said Lefévère.

    Boonen meanwhile left for the Tour of Qatar, which begins on Sunday, in disbelief.

    "It's impossible. I don't believe for one second that a rider from the team has come out and said this," he said. "What he supposedly said just has too many holes in it. I have every confidence in Patrick. He's my manager, but he's more than just that. He is constantly reminding us that we have to stay clean and not resort to doping.

    "They say there's no smoke without fire, but I have little confidence in smoke coming from anonymous sources. The fact that Museeuw has admitted doping at the end of his career doesn't mean there is organized doping in the team."

    After last season's damaging, but unfounded doping allegations surrounding 58 riders implicated in a Spanish doping affair dubbed Operation Puerto, and the clamor surrounding Floyd Landis's positive test for testosterone at the Tour de France, another doping affair is the last thing the sport needs.

    Boonen admitted he was missing motivation.

    "I'm fed up trying to constantly justify myself," he said. "I understand why people doubt our credibility - for months we've all been the targets of criticism."
     
  19. bobke

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    Two questions:
    1. Is doping illegal in Belgium?
    2. When and why did Tom Boonen move to Monte Carlo? and taxes is off the list of possible answers.
     
  20. patch70

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    Around the same time that Lance moved to Girona. Probably for a different reason though. We know that Lance went to Girona for the drugs. As for Tom:
    Monte Carlo - sun, ocean, hot chicks, good hills...
    Belgium - rain, cobbles, cold...
     
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