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“I was given 40 thousand euros a month if I took EPO and they pressured me with women” – Cyclismo

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"I was given 40 thousand euros a month if I took EPO and they pressured me with women" - Cyclismo

Bassons recalls his days as a cyclist and says the psychological pressure on runners is “monstrous” these days.



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Former French cyclist Christophe Basson, whose career ended in 2001 after he spoke openly about doping at the Tour de France, has again turned to the use of banned substances in cycling.

Now 48-year-old Bassons, who was a contemporary of Lance Armstrong in the international peloton, among other riders, says that “everyone continues to live the big lie.” “Currently, medical support is much more extensive and scares me almost more than doping,” he told sueddeutsche.de.

“Between a small therapeutic dose of EPO or 20 or 30 energy bars a day for running, consider for a moment which is more dangerous. once and every day,” Bassons stressed, adding that these days the psychological pressure on cyclists is “monstrous”.

Bassons, who made his career in the 1990s representing Force Sud, Festina, Française des Jeux and Jean Delatour, revealed how doping even affected contract negotiations with teams. He recalls that he was even offered two contracts: one if he stays clean, and the other if he agrees to doping, with a salary 10 times higher.

“I didn’t talk to anyone on the team for many years, not even those who were my teammates. They even offered me 40,000 euros if I doped EPO, 10 times what I was earning, but they couldn’t convince me. .”

He explains that the pressure took many forms, even against prostitutes. “Women took me to a hotel so that I would betray my wife. They tried to force me to do forbidden things, but I didn’t give up. They wanted to blame me, but they couldn’t,” explains the former cyclist, stating that little has changed in the sport during this time.

Bassons was a Festina cyclist when the 1998 Tour de France was hit by a doping scandal within the team. The newspaper France Soir published statements made to the police and two runners, Armin Meyer and Christophe Moreau, told the authorities that Bassons was the only cyclist on the team who did not dope.

Jean-Luc Gatelier, doctor at Festina, told L’Équipe: “It’s true, he refused to ‘load the gun.’ [usar doping] in recent years. Christophe Basson does not belong to a family of swindlers and debauchees.”

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A BOLA – Benfica with an atypical pre-season but no Super Cup excuse (women’s football)

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A BOLA - Benfica with an atypical pre-season but no Super Cup excuse (women's football)

It is on the field number 1 of the Benfica campus in Seixal that the official women’s national football season will begin this Wednesday at 17:30, when Benfica hosts Braga for the Super Cup.

This season, the top four players from the last BPI league will compete for the trophy, facing each other in a semi-final system, followed by the final scheduled for the 26th at 20:30 in Leiria.

Philippa Patao announced the match at the José Martins Vieira Stadium in Almada. “We can count on a prepared team or trying to do our best given the somewhat atypical pre-season we’ve had. Since we are at Benfica, there are no excuses, we have done everything possible to ensure that the entire squad is at the same level, in the same form. They did a great job, they were flawless,” praised the coach.

“We will fight and I am sure they will give a great answer in the first official competition. The main challenge for our players is to understand that they will have to adapt a lot more to the game, it depends a lot on their understanding of the game itself and the involvement that is going on. We will also do our job to convey as much information as possible. In the end, this is a good test of the adaptability they can have in the game,” he stressed.

Philippa Patao considers this semi-final to be “a good challenge and also a moment of growth”. “For our part, we should focus more on who we are, on our principles and dynamics, and then try to adapt that in the game. We are very focused on getting trophies, although we know that even in terms of timing it is not ideal, given that we have Champions League qualification ahead of us, but it is a great goal.

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“We want to win everything, so we have to do everything to win. We usually tell these players that if they want to win and be happy for Benfica, they will have to fight for Benfica on the pitch as well. That’s where we need our biggest strength, the fans who are sure to give us another push when needed. I know that game time is not attractive, but I am sure that these girls deserve it,” she assured with conviction.

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A BOLA – Esgayo support wave (Sporting)

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A BOLA - Esgayo support wave (Sporting)

Ricardo Esgayo has become the main target of criticism from Sporting fans, who even before the end of the game with Braga (3: 3) invaded the right-back’s social networks.

Criticism aside, it was the insults, posted even on personal photos, that prompted the defender to deactivate his Instagram account and later Facebook, the social network that yesterday hosted Núcleo do Sporting da Nazaré, Ricardo’s birthplace. Esgayo joined the wave of support for the athlete.

“We are with you! We know that in good times and bad, no one wants everything to go well, more than you. like Mr. [Rúben] Amorim, we believe in you. We support all our athletes at all times, in wins, losses and draws. The strength of Ricardo Esgayo, keep working and believing! Sporting fans from Nazaré and Núcleo Sporting Clube de Portugal da Nazaré are with you,” wrote Núcleo.

In addition to Núcleo, Ugarte also responded to criticism of Esgayo on the social network Twitter. “How easy it is to criticize without showing your face. How easy it is to hide behind an anonymous account. At least have the courage to use your account,” the Uruguayan midfielder wrote, and even Thiago Thomas, who is now at Stuttgart, reacted to the episode: “2022 and they still think it is.”

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OFFICIAL: Palmeiras de Abel signs Tabata from Sporting CP

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OFFICIAL: Palmeiras de Abel signs Tabata from Sporting CP

Tonight Palmeiras officially announced the signing of Bruno Tabata from Sporting. as well as morefootball announced in due course.

Verdão said in a statement that the 25-year-old left-hander has initialed a contract that runs until June 2026.

In statements to the new club’s media, the Brazilian under-23 international said he wanted to sign for Palmeiras and stressed the role of Brazilian emblem coach Abel of Portugal in the decision.

“I was brought to Palmeiras for a number of reasons. When I heard about the interest, I told Sporting that I want to come here. There were long days of negotiations. I have always been very clear about my desires and I am very glad that everything went well, ”he began.

“It was the structure, the fact that the club is always fighting for titles, it was Mr. Abel who played a very important role in all this, in short, it was a set of things. First of all, Palmeiras is a giant club with an incredible history,” he added.

Bruno Tabata say goodbye Sporting after two seasons in which he played 52 matches, scored eight goals and won four titles, including the national championship. He previously represented Portimonense.

Now he is returning to Brazil, the one who completed his studies at Atlético de Mineiro.

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