Jakob Fuglsang is the subject of an investigation over links with Michele Ferrari, the disgraced Italian doctor who was banned for life for his role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
Danish state TV station DR and daily newspaper Politiken, as well as Norwegian newspaper VG, claim that the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) last year commissioned a “secret” report from external investigators in response to “intelligence” regarding the 34-year-old’s alleged links to the doctor.
“Information from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) indicates that (Astana rider) Jakob Fuglsang is part of the program of Michele Ferrari, and that his teammate Alexey Lutsenko was present during at least one meeting between them in Nice/Monaco,” said an excerpt from a “secret” CADF report published by Politiken.
CADF is the body which deals with doping controls for the International Cycling Union (UCI).
“CADF has obtained information suggesting that Michele Ferrari continues to be involved in the Astana team, and that he went to Monaco (where Fuglsang is based) and other places to meet the riders,” claimed the report.
It’s unclear exactly when the report was passed to the CADF, but it coincided with Fuglasang’s best season to date with victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the overalls at the Volta a Catalunya and the Criterium du Dauphiné.
Michele Ferrari was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for his relationship with Lance Armstrong. He also worked with Alexandre Vinokourov who was suspended for two years in 2007 for blood doping. Vinokourov is Astana’s sporting director.