Vasseur's signature forged?
A strange twist at the Nanterre doping inquiry, as Cédric Vasseur denies signed statements were ever
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Cdric Vasseur’s lawyer has claimed that the Cofidis rider’s signature has been forged on some verbal statements presented to the Nanterre doping inquiry. Bertrand Wambeke had the signature checked by a graphologist, who, according to the lawyer, confirmed the signature had been forged. Wambeke told press attending the inquiry that when the statements were handed over to Vasseur’s legal team so that they could prepare their defence, the Cofidis rider said he did not recognise his signature and denied having made the statements in question. Vasseur has denied having knowledge of doping practices that were undertaken within the team, principally by the now sacked Cofidis rider Philippe Gaumont. “I hope that the minister of justice will conduct an inquiry and that those responsible for this manipulation will be punished,” said Vasseur. For his part, Wambeke said that the incident could lead to the public losing faith in the police’s ability to do their job justly.