Thursday February 21, 2013
Fuentes provided doping programme, says Hamilton
MADRID: Disgraced former American cyclist Tyler Hamilton claimed on Tuesday he was given performance enhancing drugs as well as blood transfusions by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.
Doctor Fuentes is the principal accused in the “Operacion Puerto” trial examining whether the blood transfusions he carried out on a number of high-profile cyclists endangered public health.
Hamilton though claims he not only received numerous blood transfusions from Fuentes but was also provided with the blood-booster EPO, testosterone, insulin and human growth hormone (HGH).
“I was a patient of Doctor Fuentes from 2002-2004,” he told the court.
“In our first meeting we planned transfusions and medical treatments for the future.
“He gave me a calendar with the races and with the dates that I should take the substances and he gave me EPO.
“The calendar was circled with when I should take the EPO and the colour of the circle indicated the amount.
“The consumption of HGH, testosterone and insulin were also indicated on the calendar.
“I didn’t follow the instructions on HGH very much and I only took insulin one time because I didn’t like how I felt when I took it. I sweated a lot and my heart rate increased.”
The American, who twice tested positive during his career in 2004 and 2009, also claims to have felt ill after receiving a blood transfusion in 2004.
“The worst I felt with a transfusion was in the 2004 Tour de France. I think the blood had gone off or had not been handled well,” said Hamilton, who confirmed he had first been put in touch with Fuentes by then CSC team manager and a former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis when he rode for the team from 2002-03.
Hamilton said he ended his relationship with Fuentes just months after that experience when he tested positive in the 2004 Tour of Spain due to traces of someone else’s blood being found in his system. — AFP