Tuesday, July 4, 2006
T-Mobile investigates doping allegations against Joerg
BERLIN -- The T-Mobile team is investigating allegations
German cyclist Joerg Ludewig requested performance-enhancing
substances in 1998.
The 30-year-old Ludewig joined T-Mobile this year, agreeing to a
one-year contract. Eight years ago, he was riding for Team Bayer
"During this period he allegedly requested, in written form,
banned substances, and showed a readiness to turn to doping,"
T-Mobile said in a statement on Tuesday. "The T-Mobile team now
have the relevant written correspondence at hand."
It said the team was in contact with Ludewig and does not "rule
out taking further steps."
"We don't have any direct evidence of doping and we realize
that the incident dates back eight years," said Christian
Frommert, director of sports communication at T-Mobile
"However, even evidence of the intention to use doping
substances gives us reason to investigate the facts around the
affair," he added. "To what extent this will overlap with the
team's agenda to clean up cycling remains to be seen."
Ludewig is not part of T-Mobile's Tour de France squad, which
lost leader Jan Ullrich to unrelated doping allegations before the
race began last Saturday.