No regrets from Manzano

It's a year since former Kelme pro Jesus Manzano blew the whistle on doping practices he saw within

It's a year since former Kelme pro Jesus Manzano blew the whistle on doping practices he saw within
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM On the first anniversary of the publication of his alleged doping practices while riding for the Kelme team, former pro Jesus Manzano has been interviewed again by AS, who broke the story. Now working away from cycling, much has changed for Manzano in the past 12 months, not least the fact that he is now married and the father of a three-month-old baby girl, Marina. But what has not changed is Manzano's insistence that all of the admissions of doping he made in AS last year were true. He also insists that, given the chance, he would not change one thing he said in his whistle-blowing accounts in AS. Manzano told AS his worst moments over the past 12 months had come at the hands of the media - who, he says, have written things dictated to them by their friends in the sport - and the judicial system. "I presented documents and witnesses, but they didn't call anyone. I presented medical products to the Spanish federation, but they just kept them. It seems there is a cover-up, doesn't it?" he said. Manzano still has a case pending against his former team for wrongful dismissal. They say he left voluntarily, he says he didn't. "I have always agreed that the signature on the document is mine, but the text that is above it wasn't there when I signed. When I was dismissed they said it wasn't voluntary on my part and the UCI has a document that says I was dismissed for a serious misdemeanour. So why are they saying I left voluntarily?" Manzano wondered. He denies Kelme's defence that he left the team to sign with Amore e Vita. "I never had a contract with Amore e Vita that was ratified by the UCI, I didn't earn anything from them." Manzano's knee injury that put any possible career with Amore e Vita on hold last year has not yet cleared up. In fact, it has worsened to the extent that he can no longer ride a bike at all. Doctors have told Manzano that painkilling injections he received in his knee when a pro caused irreversible damage. He also says that he suffers severe stomach problems because of all of the anti-inflammatories he was made to swallow. Manzano also said he had been told by a pro still competing at the top level that doping on the scale Manzano described still takes place, although it did drop off in the wake of his initial accusations in AS. He also said he could make some money from selling the centrifuge he used to test his red blood cell level. "I've received an offer from a rider for it," he concluded.
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