Fabian Cancellara demands book recall and Phil Gaimon's apology
Nov 13 2017 10:29 pm CET

Fabian Cancellara demands book recall and Phil Gaimon's apology
Fabian Cancellara demands book recall and Phil Gaimon's apology


Fabian Cancellara wants the recall of Phil Gaimon's autobiography and a public apology for the claims made by the American about his use of mechanical doping.

Gaimon's book 'Draft Animals' includes a part in which he talks about the suspicions around Cancellara's performances and claims that other riders have talked to him about the use of mechanical doping.

Now Cancellara's lawyers want the book off the shelves and some words from Gaimon himself about the subject. "Our lawyers demand from the American publisher Penguin Random House that the sale of the book is stopped immediately and that its writer Phil Gaimon present his apologies," said the manager of the former rider Armin Meier to Swiss newspaper Blick.

In his book, Gaimon makes direct accusations against the winner of races like the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. "I dismissed it until I heard his former teammates talk about certain events where Cancellara had his own mechanic, his bike was kept separate from everyone else's, and he rode away from a 'who's who' of dopers," reads an extract of the book.

"When you watch the footage, his accelerations don't look natural at all, like he's having trouble staying on the top of the pedals. That fucker probably did have a motor."

Following the revival of the controversy, the UCI has stepped in to say that these claims will be investigated.
Photo of Fabian Cancellara (cropped) by Trek-Segafredo


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