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The man once known as "the Myth" appears to have resurfaced in the guise of coach to Michael RogersT-Mobile spokesman Christian Frommert revealed on Monday that three of the team's riders - Patrick Sinkewitz, Michael Rogers and Eddy Mazzoleni - are trained by Lance Armstrong's controversial former coach Michele Ferrari. Frommert made the admission in Obernai before stage 2 of the Tour, in which the three named riders are all competing. "Sinkewitz and Rogers have their training plans drawn up by Ferrari, and that's apparently the case with Mazzoleni, too," Frommert told reporters. "We want to put a stop to this and will address the issue after the Tour. The three riders have agreed to confirm in writing that they'll stop working with Ferrari in the future." Frommert's statement is a clearly a reaction to Jan Ullrich's involvement in the Operacion Puerto doping enquiry, of which more news emerged today. According to Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Spanish investigators suspect that under-fire Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes once counted the late Marco Pantani among his clients. Documents seized from Fuentes feature references to a "PTNI" - thought to be Pantani. The Italian climber allegedly consulted Fuentes in 2003, paying 36,000 euros for treatment with EPO, growth hormone, anabolic steroids and a product designed for menopausal women. The Spanish Guardia Civil estimates that Pantani's fee corresponded to the "cheapest" of Fuentes's price-plans. The Spanish svengali and his collaborators are thought to have pocketed over eight million euros from their dealings with pro cyclists between 2002 and 2006 alone. Il Corriere also casts doubt on Astana Wurth (formerly Liberty Seguros) rider Marcos Serrano's explanation for his withdrawal from the recent Giro d'Italia after 13 stages. Serrano claimed at the time that he had been suffering from a viral infection. The Spanish Guardia Civil has a different theory, Il Corriere reports. "According to the investigators, Serrano was admitted to hospital in Tortona [near the stage finish in La Thuile - Ed], where he spent four days," the Italian broadsheet writes. "The hypothesis that the investigators are trying to confirm is that the rider suffered a kind of short-circuit."