That Didn’t Take Long…

I managed five minutes before discovering this:

(stolen from cyclingnews.com)

Jeanson confesses to EPO use

Former Canadian cyclist Geneviève Jeanson has confessed to having doping. “I did doping in my career,” she said in an interview with Radio-Canada. Jeanson, 26, was found guilty in January of having used EPO and was banned for two years.

She said that the doping and cheating made her life a nightmare. “I hated everything,” she said. “I hated myself for doing it. I hated myself not being able to get out of it. It was miserable.”

Jeanson placed the blame on Andre Aubut, who became her coach when she was 15. He was the one who introduced her to EPO. “I didn’t really want to do it,” she continued. “However, I did not have the courage to say no, so I just didn’t say anything.” Aubut initially confirmed the story to the radio station, but later denied it, according to CBC.com.

After the suspension was announced, Jeanson continued to deny the charges. She now says, “It was not Geneviève that lied. It was someone else I did not know. It was something I was told to do and yes, I do regret it.”

She has moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and says she has no immediate plans to return to Canada.

Shocking!!

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7 thoughts on “That Didn’t Take Long…

  1. Turbo,

    Her times were way too good (Mt Washington Hill Climb) etc to not be doping. Not knowing the situation it would appear that being 15 years old, it would be hard to say no and it probably has made her feel really guilty… so now the monkey’s off her back- the weight is lifted… she has come clean and I bet she can still rip up a hill climb…use your mojo and get her to Snowbird…

    B-Horn

  2. I almost beat her in the TT at fRedlands one time. She got me by a second, but she had a TT bike and Vitamin Epo, so you know, my pride is intact.

  3. Well OK. IMHO, I think it’s a shame how little credit 15 year olds are given these days, to their own detriment. We don’t know the details here, but society is too damn full of self-proclaimed victims. Perhaps the dirtball coach was a victim too? After all, we don’t know what kind of tears he cried and how horrible he felt. Where does the buck stop? Ah yes, let’s blame “the system”. That magical “it’s nobody’s fault” concept.

    I believe that deep down we all know that she knew it was wrong and could’ve stopped, but as long as there was an out (“it wasn’t me”) she was justified.

    That’s all I got to say about that.

  4. Tyler, I was meaning to talk to you about a training camp in the Dolomites of Mexico this winter… Or not.rec

    Pio- Ok, fair enough, but at least she came forward eventually instead of just getting out of the sport with all the money. Not that that’s directed at anyone in particular!!

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