A joint operation between the Mossos, the Civil Guard and police in Andorra has uncovered a doping ring which involves some 60 professional athletes. A new report on Cadena Sur states that 42 of the clients of an internet pharmacy in Encamp are or were professional cyclists.
Police tracked 536 sales of performance enhancing products over the past year, but investigators say the pharmacy was operating for the past six years.
Also listed amongst the clientele were professional multisport athletes, bodybuilders, a motorcycle racer and kayaker.
The report named several professional cyclists as clients: Ángel Gómez Gómez (ex-Saunier Duval/Fuji Servetto), Footon Servetto rider Enrique Mata Cabello, Adolfo Garcia Quesada, a former professional with Kelme who was banned for two years for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin in 2006 and Vicente Ballester Martínez, also retired. Also named are under-23 riders Javier Sánchez Cidoncha, Narcís Sallent Sanglas and Kevin Kohlvelter, and ex-pro Isidro Cerrato López,
Current riders include Spanish track cyclists Carlos Herrero Nadal and Alfredo Moreno Cano, Víctor de la Parte González and Guillermo Lana Baquedano of Caja Rural and Frenchman Guillaume Pont (SP Tableware).
Another 30 riders took the drugs to help boost their performances in amateur events such as gran fondos.
Seriously? Doping to ride a fun ride/century … err … gran fondo?