Museeuw to face court over EPO charges?

Johan Museeuw has been charged with doping offences by the Belgian authorities, and will now have to

Johan Museeuw has been charged with doping offences by the Belgian authorities, and will now have to
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Johan Museeuw could be facing a court trial following charges made against him for allegedly using doping products. Museeuw was banned for four years (with two years suspended) in 2004 by the Belgian cycling federation - despite his retirement last year - for his implication in 'the Landuyt affair', in which veterinarian Jos Landuyt is said to have confessed to selling doping products to riders. Museeuw and Landuyt had exchanged text messages on their mobile telephones, alleged to have contained instructions from Landuyt to Museeuw about how to use EPO. Doses of Aranesp - 'second generation EPO' - were also found by police in Museeuw's home in a search in September 2003, although there is no proof that they were for the cyclist's use. The Belgian - known as 'The Lion of Flanders' - was, and remains, popular with cycling fans for his aggressive riding style, netting him victories in Classics including Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Other cyclists who could also face court as a result of the investigation by Belgian public prosecutors include Jo Planckaert, Chris Peers and three-times cyclo-cross world champion Mario De Clerq. "It's about broaches of drugs legislation and anti-doping rules," public prosecutor spokesman Tom Janssen told Belgian radio station VRT. "It's about the use of Aranesp. They will appear before a grand jury, who will decide whether to put them before a criminal court." A decision is expected later this month.
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