US cyclist says he sold EPO to Longo's husband
Monday, September 12, 2011
PARIS (AP) -- American cyclist Joe Papp has told French sports daily L'Equipe that he sold the performance-enhancing substance EPO to the husband of former Olympic champion cyclist Jeannie Longo.
In an interview published Tuesday, Papp says that in April 2007 he sold EPO to Patrice Ciprelli, who "indicated it was for his wife," though he did not specify her name.
Papp acknowledged he didn't have written proof Ciprelli said the drug was for Longo.
The interview comes days after Longo's lawyer said she'll face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly breaking anti-doping rules that require athletes to disclose where they can be located for testing.
Longo, a 52-year-old Frenchwoman, first competed at the Olympics in 1984 and won the road race gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.