South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, has been asked to shed more light on doping in cycling after his failed test.
George is asked to disclose how and when he took EPO, the blood-boosting drug, and if he used the drug while racing with Lance Armstrong over a decade ago.
The cyclist had the opportunity to give evidence at a hearing after admitting to using EPO in August, said Khalid Galant, chief executive of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport. George was facing a ban of two years after his “unprecedented” admission but any information provided by him would be taken into account, Galant said.
Before his positive out-of-competition test in August, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport had no authority to question him on events before but said that the former South African Olympic rider and two-time Commonwealth Games medalist was still free to when and how he received EPO and if he was making the use of it when riding with Armstrong on his US Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000.
“He can come forward and tell how he received the drug, if there was an infrastructure. We treat that confidentially,” Galant said.
Armstrong was formally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and the career of one of cycling’s most celebrated riders was wiped out following a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after former teammates of the American testified against him saying he used anabolic steroids, EPO, and blood transfusions.