Disgraced Dekker vows to tell all
Disgraced Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker has promised to spill the beans
on the doping culture in the sport and name names, he announced on
Dekker, who has served a two-year ban for using the blood booster EPO
and made no secret of the fact, was ready to co-operate fully with the
Dutch Anti-Doping Authority, he said in a statement posted on the
website of his agents SEG. "I will testify and fully co-operate with the
Dutch Anti-Doping Authority to help further clean the world of cycling.
Therefore I choose to give the full extent of my knowledge, names, dates
and details," Dekker said.
"I will begin this process and hope that it will make it easier for
ex-colleagues and ex-team-mates to come forward and help the sport.'' He
explained: "As member of Team Garmin-Sharp and their policy and values,
as (a) Dutch rider and member of the Dutch federation, as (an) ex-doper
who served a two-year suspension and as (a)supporter of clean cycling: I
announce that there are many details and people involved with my doping
"All of that, including the names of people who helped me will be
given to the Anti-Doping Authority." The first meeting between Dekker
and the Anti-Doping Authority is planned within the coming two weeks,
the website announced. In a recent interview with the newspaper NRC,
Dekker revealed he had also had blood transfusions in 2007 when he was
riding for the Rabobank team. He had already admitted using
eryhyropotein and was suspended for two years in 2009 after testing
Dekker explained he had begun using EPO in 2006 with the help of the
Rabobank team doctors.
"It was very easy to be influenced, doping was widespread at that
time," he said. "No-one spoke out against it, doping was a way of life
for many of my team-mates and colleagues and for me, too. Doping was
part of the job. I thought blood transfusions were the road to success
as all the big names were doing it."
Rabobank withdrew sponsorship of its pro-cycling team in October last
year in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, calling the
sport "sick" to its core.