A very long LIST…. and getting longer. Additional comments by annonymous party.
Erik de Vlaeminck of Belgium, never failed a drugs test in his racing career, but he was treated after it for amphetamine addiction at a psychiatric institute. Many stories circulate about his supposed wild behaviour after races and after his career was over and when he returned to racing, the Belgian federation would offer him a licence for only a day at a time until it saw how his life would progress. He refuses to speak of this period of his life.
EdV was one of the best bike handlers the world has ever known. The dude could ride on a railroad rail as far as he wanted. Vlaams legend has it that it was when he stood on top of a church one night screaming “Ik ben God” that amphetamines were made controlled substances and were no longer available over the counter.
Dietrich Thurau (“Didi”) of Germany tested positive on 3 occasions in 1980 and again in 1987
I finished a race in Germany once and watched this dude ride up to our mechanic, grab the cleaning supplies out of his hand and procede to wash his bike, then mine and another one of my teammate’s before going to the showers. He was high as fuck.
Adri van der Poel the Dutch world cyclocross champion and Tour de France stage winner tested positive for Strychnine. He said that his father-in-law, had served a pigeon pie for Sunday lunch, and only when he tested positive did he realise that the pigeons had been doped with strychnine.
This is actually true.
Gert-Jan Theunisse of the Netherlands tested positive for testosterone during the Tour de France and received a ten-minute penalty which moved him from fourth to eleventh place overall. He admitted in 2000 to using illegal substances during his career, according to an interview published by the Dutch regional newspaper Dutch “Eindhovens Dagblad”. He confessed “to having used a great deal of Celestone,” a corticoid, but he denied to having taken testosterone
“Normal” testosterone levels (as tested) are between 3000 – 8000. They used to not look at a rider until 10,000. Theunisse’s was over 20,000. vdPoel told me that the dude used to bust a nut in the PDM bus simply by watching the porn – no hands on.
Johan van der Velde of the Netherlands undertook hospital treatment for his addiction to amphetamines at the end of his career. He said in an interview with the author Jan Siebelink (“Pijn is genot”) that he had trouble coping when that success began to dry up. Van der Velde said he remembered shivering at the start of an Italian race, the skin of his arms wrinkled in goosebumps, because of the amphetamine he had taken just to start. He was also disqualified from the 1981 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.
This dude was crazy! We were teammates in ’90 and dropped out of the Fleche Wallone together. I watched as he chased this lady and her dog down the street – he was on his hands and knees, barking. He did a little stint in the clink for breaking into mailboxes. Our director joked that he was just really into stamp collecting.