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Cycling: Museeuw accused of drug taking!

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posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 04:32 PM
Former Belgian cycling great Johan Museeuw took the blood-boosting drugs EPO and Aranesp in the 2003 season, local media reported today, quoting judicial sources.

The Belgian television station VRT and the De Morgen newspaper carried excerpts from the official record of the prosecutor in a case which 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, 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.

Associated Press

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