A Belgian court today found Johan Museeuw guilty of using performance enahancing drugs. The rider, widely acknowledged as the best one day specialist of his era, was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence and a fine. Three other riders received similar sentences.
The court was slightly harder on the two men convicted of supplying the cyclists with EPO and Aransep, both of which boost an athlete's endurance. Jose Landuyt, a vet, and masseur Herman Versele both received a one-year suspended sentence and the same 2,500 euro fine. The trial initially started over a year ago, but was put on hold in October last year. It was the culmination of a four year investigation and the verdicts were not really in doubt, particularly as Museeuw had admitted taking drugs (towards the end of his career) earlier that year.
There is no word yet on whether Museeuw will appeal the sentence nor how this will affect his plans for his Museuw bike range, the top end bikes of which have their performance 'boosted' by an infusion of flax in amongst the carbon fibre.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.