LefévŠre defends Museeuw

IOC chief Jacques Rogge's questioning of Johan Museeuw's achievements has provoked a stinging respon

IOC chief Jacques Rogge's questioning of Johan Museeuw's achievements has provoked a stinging respon
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefvre has defended Belgian Classics king Johan Museeuw following an attack on the recently retired rider's reputation by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. Lefvre said that Rogge "should know when to keep quiet" after the IOC chief stated in the Belgian press at the weekend that the value of Museeuw's victories "can certainly be questioned". The war of words stems from the recent four-year ban imposed on Museeuw by the Belgian federation for as yet unrevealed offences that came to the federation's attention during an ongoing trial investigating the trafficking and use of doping products in Belgium. Although he retired from racing back in April, Museeuw may still be prevented from working in a PR role for Lefvre's Quick Step team by the ban. Defending his close friend, Lefvre told La Dernire Heure's Philippe Van Holle that Museeuw was disappointed by Rogge's attack, but is keeping his own counsel. Lefvre, however, is not holding back. "I think what he said is totally out of order simply because Dr Rogge does not know what is in the dossier concerning Johan, and when you don't know what you're talking about it's better to keep quiet. I think he should take a look at himself in the mirror and ask himself if, in his role as a doctor, he has never made a mistake, if he has never prescribed even just a single (banned product) to athletes. If the words I have read are really what he said, then they don't do him any honour," said Lefvre of the Olympic chief. Asked if Rogge had applied any pressure on him to prevent Museeuw from working with Quick Step in a PR or directeur sportif position, Lefvre retorted: "No, I don't think Rogge has ever spoken to me, except perhaps to say hello. For my part, I think he has enough on his plate defending athletes without getting involved in the case of a cyclist that he doesn't know fully about. I find Jacques Rogge's attitude very weak, especially for someone who carries that amount of responsibility."
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