Contracts and Transfers- Jonathan Vaughters (US, Comptel-Colorado Cyclist) is now on the US Postal Team. He was one of the poor, unpaid boys on the Spanish Santa Clara team a year or two back. He was 15th in the World's Elite TT this year.
Dutch Drugs Scandal - Part 7Van Heel denies blame
The Limburg soigneur Fons van Heel yesterday spoke to Rabobank team manager Jan Raas, and Rabobank coordinator Hubert, over the blame that was to be attributed after the drug revelations against former PDM doctor Wim Sanders.
Raas had sought to discuss the allegations against Van Heel, who is now the soigneur of the Rabobank Amateur team, and put in writing for the record statements to a notary and a legal counsel.
Sanders was the doctor who when working for the PDM team was the cause of the disastrous intralipid affair. An investigation by the FIOD (Dutch Tax Investigation Office) uncovered an extensive drug and black money network involving Sanders and others. Among other things, Sanders has been accused of supplying large quantities of illegal substances to Van Heel.
Yesterday Raas said. "We have finally spoken to each other. Van Heel denies receiving any drugs from Sanders. That his name has been found in a small letter in the search of Sanders says nothing about him."
For the rest of it, Sanders and Van Heel are not unfamiliar with each other. Raas. "Van Heel knows Sanders from his period of service with PDM. In his 20-year career as a soigneur, Van Heel has worked with different sportspeople who have brought different medications from their doctors, other than Sanders. Van Heel always worked hard with the riders in the team."
Previously, Raas has said that Van Heel in all his years working with him has said he has not used forbidden products. "He said that everyone in the team always knew that I absolutely did not condone this and had measures in place to regulate the manner in which he worked."
Kalmhout, Netherlands, Cycle Cross, November 29, 1997
1. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 55.44 2. Sven Nijs (Bel) 0.52 3. Marc Jansens (Bel) 4. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 5. Paul Herygers (Bel) ... 9. Adri van der Poel (Ned)
International Cyclocross Results, Sunday, November 30Voletswil, Switzerland, Cat. A (Elite), 27.6 km (UCI Cat 1)
1. Roland Schätti (Swi) 1.00.00 2. Thomas Frischknecht (Swi) 0.08 3. Danny De Bie (Bel) 0.12 4. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 0.29 5. Jiri Pospisil (Cze) 1.01 6. Thomas Steiger (Swi) 1.35 7. Beat Wabel (Swi) 2.00 8. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) s.t. 9. Andy Büsser (Swi) 2.02 10. Stefan Bünter (Swi) 2.37 11. Ales Mudroch (Cze) 3.01 12. Patrick Blum (Swi) 3.13 13. Tomas Czabia (Cze) 3.36 14. Beat Blum (Swi) 3.38 15. Beat Morf (Swi) 3.55 Starters - 38 Finishers - 24
Denzlingen, Germany, Cat. A (Elite), 10 laps, (UCI Cat 2)
1. Petr Dlask (Cze) 57.38 2. Vaclav Metlicka (Cze) 0.13 3. David Süssemilch (Cze) 0.13 4. Thorsten Wittig-Kupfernagel (Ger) 0.17 5. Stefan Kupfernagel (Ger) 0.57 6. Steffen Weigold (Ger) 0.57 7. Petr Novy (Cze) 1.47 8. Daniel Hespeler (Ger) 2.08 9. Urs Steinmann (Ger) 2.22 10. Markus Kammermann (Swi) 2.36 11. Ralf Berner (Ger) 2.47 12. Christian Wasmer (Ger) 2.58 13. David Miller (Ger) 4.05 14. Jens Reuker (Ger) 4.05 15. Stefan Sahm (Ger) 4.20 16. Kai Hundertmark (Ger) Telekom 4.42 17. Ondrey Dlask (Cze) 4.51 18. Markus Klausmann (Ger) 5.03 19. Florian Zanke (Ger) 5.27 20. Marc Hanisch (Ger) 5.32 Starters - 44 Finishers - 36