Cycling News reports that suspicions of the new CERA EPO in the pro cycling world go up to 50% of the competitors. The figure came up in a recent discussion on Bernhard Kohl's use of CERA EPO in the Tour de France:
In his hearing with the Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency on Monday, Bernhard Kohl has said that he did research about the blood booster CERA on the internet. Many in the peloton had talked about the drug and some thought probably half the peloton is on CERA, according to an article on the wienerzeitung.at. The Gerolsteiner rider who admitted using the performance-enhancing drug for the Tour de France insisted that he cooperated with the authorities and "named names" – but admitted that he did not name the doctor who provided him with the latest generation EPO for which he tested positive.
The former Gerolsteiner rider said that he had first heard of CERA last year, and looked it up on the internet. Upon learning that it was a form of blood-booster EPO, "it was out of the question for me." However, as time went on, the drug was discussed in detail in the peloton, he toldthe wienerzeitung.at., with the supposition that "probably half the riders were underway with CERA."
Kohl wants to protect his supplying doctor, saying "He gave it to me at my insistence. He has nothing to do with sport or doping. If I would give his name, his existence would be destroyed," according to the wienerzeitung.at. The 26-year-old further said that "It had nothing to do with a doping network."
The former pro has also testified before the World Anti-Doping Agency and the German federal police Bundeskrimnalamt, which is investigating the former T-Mobile Team for which Kohl rode from 2005-2006. "And I definitely named names there."
Sounds like Kohl knows some doping secrets about pro cycling riders. Will these names come out?