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.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.