Steegmans given ultimatum on Katusha anti-doping charter

June 22, 2009 at 07:35 1 comment

Belgian Gert Steegmans has been given until Monday to sign the Katusha team’s anti-doping agreement. The sprinter has so far refused to put his name to the document, which states that riders will give up five times their annual salary to the team if they test positive, La Dernier Heure reported Sunday.

If he does not sign the document, he will forfeit his participation in the Tour de France.

Several of the riders objected to the new contract, which was rolled out after Austrian Christian Pfannberger tested positive for EPO earlier this year. Riders had just voiced their objections when another of their team, Antonio Colom, also was declared positive for the banned blood booster.

Robbie McEwen was one of the riders to balk at the document, but after having his lawyers review the deal, he signed his name stating emphatically that he is anti-doping.

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  • 1. peter joosten  |  June 25, 2009 at 11:31

    Dear

    I can understand your point by suspending Gert STeegmans, but a really consequent and correct attitude would be to fire him. In this situation be brave and take the final solution. It’s clear that both parties can’t agree anymore

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