Phil Gaimon claims book extract about Fabian Cancellara was taken out of context
Nov 14 2017 07:26 pm CET

Phil Gaimon claims book extract about Fabian Cancellara was taken out of context
Phil Gaimon claims book extract about Fabian Cancellara was taken out of context


Former rider Phil Gaimon believes that the comments about Fabian Cancellara's mechanical doping in his book have been "pulled out of context".

A day after Cancellara's lawyers announced that they will try to get the book off the shelves and get a public apology from Gaimon, the American has released a statement trying to clarify words that he claims were taken out of context. "In 'Draft Animals', I repeated a rumour that’s well-documented and many years old, and I presented it as such. I stand by my opinion, but it’s exactly that, and anyone who actually opened the book would know that what I said was far from an 'accusation'," reads the former rider's statement.

"Put a gun to my head and that’s what I believe so I’d be a liar if I left it out, but I claim no revelations or proof, so I don’t see it being 'taken off the shelves' except by the folks buying it. Ironically, that part of the book is dismissing conspiracy theories about motors today as clickbait, and it’s now been turned into clickbait."

The American says that the book extract belongs to a part in which he explains that sometimes he's not much of a 'doper-hater' and gets hate mail about it. "I didn’t expect this to be pulled out of context or turned into mudslinging, and I’m sorry for anyone who’s wasted time or energy on it," Gaimon continues. "That’s not how I wanted to sell books, and it’s not worth this headache.

"There were some things I had to get off my chest and some tough times to share to give a picture of the sport as I experienced it, but if a juicy tell-all is what you’re looking for, don’t bother buying it. I don’t reference any scandal you haven’t heard before, and I’ll probably show empathy towards dopers that you want me to hate. I expect that type of reader will be disappointed."

Gaimon commented that his book is about the dream of becoming a professional cyclist and his own stories in the top-level of the sport. "It’s my truth and it’s the best I could do and I put a lot of time and emotion into it, but my opinions aren’t always popular, which I understand will make some people angry. I hope a few of you will read past the noise and enjoy 'Draft Animals' for what it is."
Photo of Fabian Cancellara (cropped) by Trek-Segafredo



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