Grega Bole was accused of doping after his name came up during the USADA’s in depth investigation in to Lance Armstrong however, Team Vacansoleil-DCM has cleared the cyclist and he will now welcome the New Year alongside the Dutch team.
The Slovenian marked his professional debut with Team Sava in 2005 and stayed with the side by the end of 2007.
He spent a year each with Team Adria Mobil (2008) and Team Amica Chips-Knauf (2009) before switching to Team Lampre-Farnese Vini in 2010.
Bole accepted a one-year offer from Team Vacansoleil and will be seen in his new team’s colours for the season ahead.
Team Manager Daan Luijkx stated, “Bole, in front of our doctor, our lawyer, his manager and me underpinned his innocence by answering a few questions, he thereby denied having engaged in doping”.
The team made the final decision after taking several factors into consideration including, “an analysis by an independent clinical chemist of the profiles in Bole’s biological passport” which revealed “nothing inappropriate”.
The team also stated that the written affidavit by Bertagnolli points towards Bole’s innocence as it made clear that the cyclist had never been involved in drug use of any kind.
He, “made it clear that he is not aware of any involvement of Bole in use or distribution of drugs,” according to the team statement. However, Luijkx said, “We have agreed that dismissal will follow if either Bole or Bertagnolli lied”.
USADA’s in depth investigation in to Lance Armstrong was really an eye-opener for the whole cycling world as it involved several former and current cyclists, doctors and other personnel related to the sport.
The firm described it as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”.
Lance Armstrong continued doping and managed to win as many as seven Tour de France events despite being checked for doping several times.
USADA’s 1000 page testimony was enough to disqualify Armstrong from all his previous victories and a life-time ban, not to mention the humiliation that comes with it, both for himself and for his country.
A total number of 26 cyclists confessed doping including 11 former teammates of Lance Armstrong and all have been stripped-off from their victories along with a reduced six-month ban for helping USADA to build a stronger case against the American.