Festina affair

Festina affair

The Festina Affair refers to the events that surround several doping scandals, doping investigations and confessions of riders to doping that occurred during and after the 1998 Tour de France. The affair began when a large haul of doping products was found in a car of the Festina cycling team just before the start of the race which led to an investigation, this was followed by the re-opening of a separate case into the TVM team and a subsequent searching of many teams during the race. The affair highlighted systematic doping and suspicion of a widespread network of doping in many teams of the Tour de France and was characterised by the constant negative publicity of the case, police searches of hotels, a spate of confessions by retired and current riders to doping, the detainment and arrest of many team personnel, protests by riders in the race as well as mass withdrawal of several teams from the race.


The Tour de France began that year in Dublin, Ireland where it would be starting for the first time in Ireland. The race was to begin on July 11th later than usual due to the holding of the World Cup in France. [cite web|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00E0D9113EF937A15753C1A961958260|title=Cycling:Tour de France; 1998 Race Too Flat For Virenque's Tastes|publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2008-05-21] Ahead of the race the former Irish professionals Seán Kelly, Stephen Roche and Martin Earley were being presented with awards while the organisation of the race in Ireland led by Pat McQuaid, Alan Rushton and Mick Bennett as well as the authorities of Dublin prepared for the disruption to the city. The favourites such as Jan Ullrich, Bjarne Riis and Erik Zabel via air in the days preceding the race. [cite web|url=http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/1998/07/10/fshead.htm|title=French out to break a long cycle of failure|publisher=Irish Examiner|accessdate=2008-05-21] The arrival of the Tour was seen as a great coup for Ireland according to the then Minister for Sport Jim McDaid. It represented a huge logistics operation from each of the teams: In total 3,500 personnel would have to be transported and 1,500 vehicles would be shipped to Ireland and back to France. [cite web|url=http://tour.kilkennycoco.ie/letour.html|title=Le Tour de France|accessdate=2008-05-21]

Time line

1998 Tour de France

July 8, 1998: Willy Voet, Belgian soigneur of the Festina team and personal carer of Richard Virenque was stopped by customs officers at the Belgian-French border close to Neuville-en-Ferrain near Lille in Northern France. Officers discovered several hundred grams and capsules of anabolic steroids, Erythropoietin (EPO), syringes and other doping products. Voet was taken into police custody. Festina offices were searched in the evening in Lyon and other suspect products were seized. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul12.html|title=Drug Scandal at the Tour|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-15] One of the substances that was found that would later be discussed was perfluorocarbon which was said to be an artificial carrier of oxygen. The substance was very dangerous to take and is suspected to have caused the near fatal collapse of Swiss rider Mauro Gianetti during the 1997 Tour de Romandie. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul18a.html|title=Drugs scandal|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 10, 1998: Bruno Roussel, directeur sportif of Festina, declared a day before the start of the Tour in Dublin that he had nothing to do with the drugs find. He claimed that Voet was not supposed to be with the team for the Tour. [cite web|url=http://www.iht.com/articles/1998/07/13/drugs.t.php|title=A hint of doping at Tour de France|publisher=Herald Tribune|accessdate=2007-07-19] Meanwhile a judicial inquiry into the importation and illegal circulation of contraband items began in France. It was announced that Voet would be imprisoned in Loos for two weeks.

July 11, 1998: French police state that the car contained 250 bottles of EPO (originating from three labs in Germany and Switzerland), 400 bottles and ampules of various products. Voet is alleged to have driven from Lyon, France via Switzerland to Germany from where he went to Belgium. In the Festina headquarters the police allege that they found a document with systematic drug programmes for the riders of Festina. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/tour98/stage2.html |title=stage two|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-17] As the race began in Dublin, it was announced that the Festina riders Richard Virenque, Alex Zülle and Laurent Dufaux would face questioning when they returned back to France.

July 14, 1998: Gérard Gremion, a doctor from Switzerland said in the French newspaper, France-Soir, that 99% of the peloton used doping. Roussel and Festina team doctor Eric Rijckaert continued to deny doping on the team.

July 15, 1998: Roussel and Rijkaert are taken into custody in Cholet. The Festina hotel was searched by 8 gendarmes. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/tour98/stage4.html|title=Stage 4 report|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 16, 1998: Roussel lost his licence as a manager of a cycling team from the UCI but the Festina team appeared to be able to continue in the race due to Miguel Moreno together with Michael Gros taking over the running of the team. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/tour98/stage5.html|title=Stage 5 report|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] Virenque, Dufaux and Brochard called a press conference before the stage and assured that the team would not withdraw from the race. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul18a.html |title=Festina riders before the revelation|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 17, 1998: Roussel admitted to systematic doping on the team. In the late evening, Tour de France race directeur Jean-Marie Leblanc expelled the Festina team out of the Tour who would not take the start of the seventh stage (July 18th). [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul18.html|title=Festina out of Tour |publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-15] [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cycling/1998/tourdefrance/news/1998/07/17/festina_expelled/|title=Out of the race-Festina team expelled from tour in drug scandal|publisher=Sports illustrated|accessdate=2008-06-06]

July 18, 1998: Virenque left the Tour in tears. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/tour98/stage7.html|title=Stage 7 Brief|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-18]

July 19, 1998: French daily Aujourd’hui reported that on March 4, 1998 police found 104 ampules of EPO in a vehicle of the TVM team. This occurred following a race (GP Valencia) during a routine customs check close to Reims in North-East France. Team mechanics were driving the vehicle at the time. The judicial authorities did not make the case a priority. Meanwhile the new Festina assistant manager Michael Gros alleged that Festina did what every team was doing. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul19a.html| title=The next day|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-22]

July 21, 1998: The lawyer of Rijkaert alleged that his client has told that there was a special doping fund with the Festina team. This fund was used to procure doping products and that this fund had about 60.000 euro (at the time described in francs).cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cycling/1998/tourdefrance/news/1998/08/02/drug_chronology/|title=Chronology of 1998 Tour de France drug scandal|publisher=Sports illustrated|accessdate=2008-06-06] A former TVM rider, Alain van den Bosche, admitted to taking EPO while on the team.

July 23, 1998: Nine riders and three officials from Festina are taken into police custody. In Pamiers, Cees Priem the manager of the TVM team and Andrei Michailov, the TVM team doctor, are taken into custody and detained overnight. Four other TVM officials including directeur sportif Hendrik Redant are also interrogated but are later released. Priem and Michailov were arrested after the French police raided the Hotel de la Rocade in Palmiers, the hotel that the team was staying in. Police found drug evidence in a suitcase and a rubbish bin in TVM’s hotel room in Toulouse and Metz. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul24.shtml|title=Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]
Eric van de Sijpe, a Belgian judge, ordered a search of the offices of the Festina doctor (who lived in Belgium) whereby the police obtain computer files proving the riders were using EPO. Festina riders (Richard Virenque, Pascal Hervé, Didier Rous, Alex Zülle, Armin Meier and Laurent Dufaux) are questioned in Lyon and held in police custody. Police announce that they will also question the Rabobank and Casino teams. cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul24a.shtml|title=The Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] The nine Festina riders were escorted to a hospital and obligated to undergo extensive tests and sample giving such as blood, hair and urine samples.cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/oct00/oct25news.shtml |title= The history of the Festina affair |publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25]
The television crew of France 2 found needles with the remains of banned substances in the hotel room of the Asics team (who were also riding the Tour). The syringes allegedly had the initials of the riders of the team.

July 24, 1998: Priem and Michailov are transferred to Foix. The nine riders from Festina are let free. Five of them (Zülle, Dufaux, Moreau, Brochard en Meier) have admitted to doping. Virenque claims that he is clean. Hervé also maintains he is innocent. An investigation into TVM begins. Stage 12 is interrupted for two hours by riders. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/tour98/stage12.html|title= Stage 12 Brief|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-18]

Interim Festina manager Moreno is also released on bail while former manager Roussel, masseur Voet and doctor Rijckaert are held. The revelations of Meier provoked the riders strike in the stage. A second investigation is launched into the drugs find of TVM team during the Tour. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul25.shtml|title=Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] Voet and Roussel explain how doping was organised on the team and that the other teams are involved in smuggling. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul26.shtml|title=Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] Alex Zülle also admits to doping but claims that he needed to do so to satisfy his sponsors. Zülle claims that he was deprived of his spectacles during the police interview. Dufaux admitted to doping in police custody because the evidence proving that he was doping was overpowering, he claimed. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul27.shtml |title=Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 27, 1998:: The police say that the Festina affair and the TVM affair are not connected. Priem and Michailov are still held in custody. The President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Simararch called for performance enhancing drugs to be legalised. His call was supported by two cycling teams, Banesto and Team ONCE. Cees Priem and Alexandrei Mikhailov are taken by car from Foix to Reims and are still detained. Neil Stephens a Festina rider at the Tour admits taking performance enhancing drugs but claims that he thought the EPO injections were vitamin C and E supplements. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul28.shtml |title= Make them legal|publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25] July 28, 1998: Two former riders of Festina, Gilles Bouvard and Emmanuel Magnien confess to doping. Roussel is released on bail. TVM are met with the police in Albertville, Six TVM riders including sprinter Jeroen Blijlevens, Bart Voskamp, Servais Knaven and Steven de Jongh are taken in the night to the hospital where they give blood, hair and urine samples. TVM Soigneur Jan Moors is arrested.Police also take three cases, a sports bag and a dustbin from the team. Afterwards the rest of the team are taken into custody and escorted to the hospital for extensive drug tests. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul29a.shtml|title=Drugs update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 29, 1998: The Tour peloton conducted an industrial dispute by cycling very slowly. The champion of France, Laurent Jalabert pulled out first followed by the rest of his team, Team ONCE. The Spanish team Banesto and the Italian team Risco Scotti left at the feeding zone. The peloton stopped a second time and threatened a mass withdrawal against the treatment of the Tour riders as criminals. At a slow tempo, the peloton walked to Aix-les-Bains and the stage was cancelled. In the afternoon there was a raid on Team ONCE , Team Polti, La Française des Jeux, Lotto and Casino. Team managers Marc Madiot (La Française des Jeux), Vincent Lavenu (Casino) and the rider Rodolfo Massi (Casino) are arrested. It was also announced Coca-Cola, a major sponsor of the Tour de France decided to withdraw from sponsoring the race. [cite web|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/gallery/2008/jul/09/tourdefrance.cycling?picture=335585210|title= The Festina affair (10 pictures)|publisher=Guardian.co.uk|accessdate=2008-08-12]

July 30, 1998: Kelme and Vitalicio Seguros pull out of the Tour before the 18th stage. TVM rider Jeroen Blijlevens pulls out near the border with Switzerland. Rodolfo Massi, leader of the Mountains classification, was not able to start the stage as he was still being held in police custody. The truck of the Casino team was seized by police. The media reports that the drugs found in Voet’s car were destined to be shared by three other teams – Big Mat, La Française des Jeux and Casino. These teams were allegedly mentioned by Festina riders during their confessions. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul30a.shtml|title=Latest from Dutch radio|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

July 31,1998: Blijlevens arrived back in the Netherlands and was joined by the rest of the TVM team who did not start the 19th stage. Massi and Terrados are taken from Chambérg to Lille where investigating judge Patrick Keil would interrogate them. Massi was suspected to be involved in the Festina drugs network and in smuggling of drugs from Italy to France. Massi was allegedly known in the peloton as the little chemist. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/jul98/jul31a.shtml|title=Drugs update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] At this stage there are less than one hundred riders in the race compared to the 189 riders that started the race.

August 1, 1998: Massi is charged with inciting and facilitating the use of doping. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/aug98/aug2.shtml|title=The drugs scandal update|publisher=|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

August 3, 1998: Cees Priem, Andrej Michailov and Jan Moors are still held in prison. TVM riders have to present themselves in Reims. After several hours of questioning they are released. TVM masseur Johannes Moors is jailed for suspicioin of possessing drugs and breaches of French customs laws. Police find banned substances in the hotel of Team ONCE. Team doctor Terrados alleges that these substances were used by support staff.

August 4, 1998: Jean-Marie Leblanc acknowledges that the increasing speed of the peloton in the Tour was due to the increasing use of doping in the peloton. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/aug98/aug5.shtml |title= Drugs scandal update|publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25]

August 5, 1998: The media contains many reports of drug finds along the route of the Tour – by farmers or by police in the hotels used by teams – a hotel in Voreppe used by GAN, Casino, Saeco and Kelme.

August 10, 1998: Cantina Tollo and La Française des Jeux vehicles are searched by French customs officials.

Post Tour Investigation

September 13, 1998: Two pharmacists Christine and Eric Paranier are questioned in respect to supplying illegal doping products to Voet.

September 18, 1998: Française des Jeux soigneur Jef d'Hont is taken into police custody and imprisoned for 11 days.

September 23, 1998: Voet accuses Virenque of doping in the French newspaper Le Parisien. Voet said to the newspaper that only three Festina riders were drug free. These were Christophe Bassons, Patrice Halgand and Laurent Lefevre. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/sep98/sep24.shtml|title=Willy Voet goes for Virenque|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-06-06]

October 15, 1998: There is a confrontation between Virenque, Voet and Rijckaert where Virenque calls himself an innocent victim.

November 28, 1998: The results of the analysis of the samples taken from the nine Festina riders are known and are subsequently released and revealed evidence of Human Growth Hormone, amphetamines, steroids, corticoids and Erythropoietin (EPO). In eight of the nine riders test positive for synthetic EPO. The results of the ninth rider (Christophe Moreau) were indeterminate but Moreau had already admitted use of EPO. Traces of amphetamines were found in the samples of Moreau, Pascal Hervé, Laurent Brochard and Didier Rous. Four riders had hematocrit levels below the legal limit of 50%. These included Virenque, Armin Meier, Moreau who had a level of 49.3 and Laurent Dufaux who had a level of 47.2%. Five riders were above the limit. Brochard had 50.3%, Neil Stephens 50.3%, Hervé 52.6%, Rous 51% and Alex Zülle 52.3%.

December 15, 1998: Laurent Brochard, Christophe Moreau and Didier Rous are suspended by the French Cycling Federation for six months and cannot ride until April 30, 1999. [cite web|url=http://www.humanite.fr/1998-12-15_Sports_CYCLISME-1|title=Dopage 2|publisher=Humanite|accessdate=2007-07-29]

December 17, 1998: Team doctor of Team ONCE Nicolas Terrados is charged in relation to the import of banned substances. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1998/dec98/dec19.shtml |title= ONCE doctor charged then uncharged |publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25]

Investigation in 1999 & Aftermath

January 26, 1999: Joel Chabiron, Festina communications director, is charged.

March 23, 1999: Jean Marie Dalibot, the soigneur of Festina, is charged.

March 26, 1999: Virenque is charged with inciting the use and administration of doping products to others.

April 1, 1999: Jean-Marie Leblanc is taken into police custody and questioned.

April 4, 1999: French Federation Cycling vice president Roger Legacy and President Baal are charged with violation of the anti-doping law of 1989. (These charges would be subsequently dropped).

June, 1999: In an interview with L'Équipe, Roussel alleged that when he told Virenque of Voet being arrested, Virenque replied "mes produits, comment Je vais faire maintenant?" which could be translated as "my products/stuff - what am I going to do now?" [cite web|url=http://hebdo.nouvelobs.com/hebdo/parution/p19990708/articles/a19945-.html|title=Virenque"Je cours pour ceux qui m'aiment"|publisher=Obs.com|accessdate=2007-12-31]

June 17, 1999: The organisers of the Tour de France announce the teams of the 1999 Tour de France where they take the unprecedented step of banning teams, team officials and individual riders. In the aftermath of the Festina affair, Virenque was banned together his former teammate Hervé. Manolo Saiz, manager of ONCE-Deutsche Bank, Dr Nicolas Terrados team doctor of Team ONCE and the entire TVM-Farm Frites were also banned. This was in relation to the actions and behaviour of these teams and riders during the 1998 Tour. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/1999/jun99/jun17.shtml|title=Richard Virenque banned from Tour de France|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-06-06] [cite web|url=http://www.iht.com/articles/1999/06/17/bike.2.t_2.php|title=Dutch Team Is Also Refused Invitation:Tour Bans 4 Cyclists From This Year's Race|publisher=International Herald Tribune|accessdate=2008-06-06]

Festina Trial

October 23, 2000: Festina trial began. Ten people stood trial. The defendants included:
*Richard Virenque, former Festina rider and team leader, charged with inciting the administration of doping and masking products to others and complicity in the importation of drugs. Virenque faced a two year jail sentence and a fine of 100,000 francs.
* Bruno Roussel, former directeur sportif and manager of Festina, charged with helping and inciting the use of doping products in competition, importation, smuggling and improper circulation of prohibited substances as well as complicity in the importation, storage and acquisition of illegal substances.
*Willy Voet, former soigneur, charged with helping and inciting the use of doping in competition, unauthorized importation of drugs, complicity in smuggling and infringements of the narcotics law.
*Dr Erik Rijckaert, former Festina doctor, same charges as Roussel plus charged with administering doping products.
* Dr Nicolas Terrados, team doctor of ONCE at time of 1998 Tour de France and "Festina trial", charged with unauthorized importation of drugs
* Christine Paranier, pharmacist, charged with helping with the use of doping and infringements in public health law.
* Éric Paranier, pharmacist, same charges as Christine Paranier.
* Jef d'Hont, soigneur of La Française des Jeux team, charged with inciting the use of doping products and infringements of public health law.
* Jean Dalibot, former soigneur, same charges as Jef d'Hont as well as infringements to customs law.
* Joel Chabiron, former Festina communications officier, same charges as Jean Dalibot. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/oct00/oct21news.shtml|title=Festina|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] Witnesses included:
*Luc Leblanc
*Erwan Menthéour
*Christophe Bassons
*Thomas Davy
*Laurent Brochard
*Hein Verbruggen
*Jean-Marie LeblancOn the first day of the trial, Voet states that he never let the hematocrit level of the riders exceed 54% whereas other teams were letting it go as high as 64%. This was under the order of team doctor Eric Rijckaert. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/oct00/oct24news.shtml|title=Festina day 1|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

Ocotber 24, 2000: Virenque admitted to doping. [cite web|url=http://www.humanite.fr/2000-10-25_Sports_-L-AVEU-Richard-Virenque-a-fini-par-admettre-s-etre-dope-Luc|title=L’AVEU Richard Virenque a fini par admettre s’être dopé. Luc Leblanc lui a emboîté le pas|publisher=Humanite.fr|accessdate=2007-12-31]

October 25, 2000: Pascal Hervé, Virenque's friend and the only other Festina rider to deny doping admitted to doping. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclisme-dopage.com/actualite/2000-10-25-afp-yahoo.htm|title=Festina - Pascal Hervé: "Oui je me suis dopé"|publisher=Cyclisme-dopage.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] October 27, 2000: Former rider Thomas Davy testified at the trial that the teams Castorama, Banesto, Team Telekom and La Française des Jeux also had doping programs. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/oct00/oct27news.shtml|title=Festina day 4 More allegations|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25]

November 1, 2000: On the stand UCI President Hein Verbruggen admitted that organised doping may exist. The following day several doctors of Spanish cycling teams responded by refuting this statement. Jesús Hoyos (Banesto), Kepa Celaya (ONCE) and Eufemiano Fuentes (Kelme doctor) spoke to the Spanish daily paper As to refute this statement. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/nov00/nov2news.shtml|title=Spanish doctors react|publisher=Cyclingnews.com|accessdate=2008-05-25] Fuentes would later emerge as the key figure in the "Operación Puerto" doping scandal.

December 22, 2000: Virenque was cleared. Voet was given a 10 month suspended sentence and a 30,000 franc fine. Bruno Roussel, was given a suspended sentence of 1 year and a fine of 50,000 francs. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/dec00/dec23news.shtml |title= Festina judgment handed down |publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25] Christine Paranier received a 30,000 francs fine (4,573 euros). Her husband Éric received a fine of 10,000 francs (around 1,500 euros). Jef d'Hont received a nine month suspended sentence and a fine of 20,000 francs (around 3,000 euros). Jean Dalibot and Joel Chabiron received a five month suspended sentence. Dr. Terrados was given a 30,000 francs fine. The case against Eric Rijckaert was dropped due to his deteriorating health. He would die a month later of cancer. [cite web|url=http://www.cyclisme-dopage.com/actualite/2000-festina.htm|title=La verdict du proces Festina|publisher=Dopage free cyclisme|accessdate=2008-05-25]

December 30, 2000: Swiss cycling federation gave a nine month ban to Virenque and a 4,000 Swiss franc fine. [cite web|url= http://www.cyclingnews.com/results/2000/dec00/dec30news.shtml |title= Virenque given nine month ban |publisher=Cyclingnews.com |accessdate=2008-05-25]


Many books have been written about the Festina affair.

* Willy Voet, "Massacre à la chaîne", Calmann-Lévy, 1999 ISBN 2-290-30062-4 translated as "Breaking the Chain", ISBN 0-224-06056-2
* Bruno Roussel, "Tour de vices", Hachette Littérature, 2001 ISBN 2-012-35585-4
* Richard Virenque (together with C. Eclimont & Guy Caput), "Ma Vérité", Editions du Rocher, 1999 ISBN 9-782-268-03305-1
* Jean-François Quénet, "Un cyclone nommé dopage: Les secrets du dossier Festina", Broché 1999 ISBN 9-782-263-02865-6
* Daniel Baal, "Droit dans le Mur", Editions Glénat, 1999 ISBN 9-782-723-43090-6
* Sylvie Voet, "De la poudre aux yeux", Editions Michel Lafon, 2004 ISBN 2-749-90132-4
*Eric Rijckaert, "De Zaak Festina:het Recht van antwoord van Dokter Eric Ryckaert", Lannoo – Tirion, 2000 ISBN 9-020-93989-0


External links

* [http://membres.lycos.fr/cyclingworld/dopage/festina.htm L'affaire Festina (French)]
* [http://www.cyclisme-dopage.com/actualite/actualite.htm#Festina Coverage of Festina affair (French)]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/gallery/2008/jul/09/tourdefrance.cycling?picture=335585245 Gallery of 10 images about the Festina affair]

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