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CADF closes investigation into Jakob Fuglsang and Dr Ferrari

Doping body will now launch investigation into how the report leaked to the media

Joe Robinson
5 Feb 2020

The Cycling Anti-Doping Federation (CADF) has confirmed it will not pass on its investigation into links between Jakob Fuglsang and Dr Michele Ferrari to the UCI, effectively closing the case.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, CADF confirmed that it had received information regarding 'alleged anti-doping rule violations' by Astana riders Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko, and banned doctor Ferrari which led it to open an independent investigation.

This report was then leaked to Danish newspaper Politiken which published a story naming Fuglsang, Lutsenko and Ferrari on Sunday.

The report alleged that Fuglsang had been working with the banned doctor throughout 2019, including several meetings in Nice with Lutsenko present on one occasion.

It was also stated that several witnesses had confirmed to seeing them both working together and that Ferrari had attended the 2019 Volta a Cataluyna with the Astana team.

If found to have been working with Ferrari, Fuglsang and Lutsenko were looking at a potential two-year ban. All parties denied the reports.

However, any ban now looks unlikely CADF confirmed it would not be continuing its case: 'CADF confirms that after careful review of the elements available, it has not submitted the report to the UCI for the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the individuals or team in question.'

Since the report's leak, CADF has taken it upon itself to respond to the growing media attention around the case to offer clarification detailing some points as to why an investigation was launched.

CADF wrote:

  • The CADF received information in relation to alleged potential anti-doping rule violations and requested intelligence service provider Sportradar to conduct additional research on the allegations to complete CADF files
  • International cooperation being key to effective anti-doping investigations, Sportradar’s subsequent report was shared in strict confidentiality and in a secured manner with a selection of relevant anti-doping bodies and law enforcement agencies
  • The CADF treated the information contained in the report with extreme care. At no point did it share the findings with any other third party, including media representatives

In regards to the leak, CADF finished by stating it 'deeply regrets that the report was leaked, and an inquiry is being conducted to understand how the file was made public and prevent this from happening again.'

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