[Cevdopagem] Spanish cyclist says Tour de France not possible without doping

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Terça Março 30 05:08:31 BRT 2004

Spanish cyclist says Tour de France not possible without doping
Associated Press
March 28, 2004

MADRID, Spain - Former Kelme rider Jesus Manzano continued his revelations of doping in
professional cycling in an interview Sunday, saying it's not possible to compete in the
major races without taking performance-enhancing drugs. Manzano, who was sacked from the
team last year, has created a stir in the cycling world for his detailed accounts of
alleged widespread doping practices in Kelme and the sport in general.

"Of course you could ride without being doped, but a cyclist couldn't do the Tour (de
France) or Vuelta (Tour of Spain), for example," Manzano told newspaper As, in the last
interview published in a five-article series. "You could ride, for example, if the
stages of 200 kilometers (120 miles) were lowered to 140 (90)," he said.

In earlier articles, Manzano said he suffered health problems as a result of frequent
blood transfusions and being injected with performance-enhancing substances, including
human growth hormones. Kelme officials said Manzano was lying. Nevertheless, Manzano's
comments led Tour de France organizers to rule out the team Friday from this year's race
and Spanish anti-doping authorities launched an investigation.

In Sunday's article, Manzano said he started taking banned drugs under pressure from
team doctors. "You come to professional cycling with the highest expectations, believing
that you have a great future and the more you ride, the more you win. The doctor comes
to you and says: We're going to give you this. If you say no, you're sacked the next
year," Manzano added. Manzano collapsed and had to receive medical aid during the
seventh stage of last year's Tour de France.

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