Updated: Jakob Fuglsang Linked to Doctor Ferrari in Secret Probe
Claims cannot be supported
CADF admitted Wednesday it had no case against Danish star Jakob Fuglsang, who was accused of links with disgraced doctor Michele Ferrari.
Olympic road-race silver medallist Fuglsang was the top performer in last season’s spring classics, winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege. CADF said it had received information suggesting a link between Ferrari and Astana team captain Fuglsang, who has never failed a doping test, but had been unable to produce any evidence.
“I have no case to answer. I am extremely concerned that such rumors could be spread out in the press,” Fuglsang said in a statement after the report.
A leaked CADF report was published Sunday by Danish newspaper Politiken suggesting the Italian doctor Michele Ferrari had visited Fuglsang in Monaco.
Ferrari was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for his relationship with the disgraced Lance Armstrong, who was also kicked out of the sport and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after he admitted to doping.
Team Astana cyclist Jakob Fuglsang is the subject of an investigation over links with Michele Ferrari, the disgraced Italian doctor who was banned for life for his role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Denmark’s Politiken newspaper claimed Sunday.
“Information from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) indicates that (Astana rider) Jakob Fuglsang is part of the program of Michele Ferrari, and that his teammate Alexey Lutsenko was present during at least one meeting between them in Nice/Monaco,” said an excerpt from a “secret” CADF report published by Politiken.
CADF is the body which deals with doping controls for the International Cycling Union (UCI).
“CADF has obtained information suggesting that Michele Ferrari continues tobe involved in the Astana team, and that he went to Monaco (where Fuglsang is based) and other places to meet the riders,” claimed the report.
Fuglsang, 34, who won the 2019 Criterium du Dauphine and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, recently extended his contract with Astana.
Ferrari was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for his relationship with the disgraced Armstrong who was also kicked out of the sport and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after he admitted doping.
Ferrari also worked with 2012 Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov who was suspended for two years in 2007 for blood doping. Vinokourov is Astana’s sporting director.
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