Throwback Thursday: Frischknecht Gets 1996 World Championship in May of 2000
THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT GETS ’96 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER JEROME CHIOTTI ADMITS TO USING EPO IN THE RACE
From MBA’s report in May of 2000: In case you haven’t heard, Jerome Chiotti has officially given up his 1996 World Cross-County Championship. He presented second place rider Thomas Frischknecht with the rainbow jersey and gold medal. Jerome showed a lot of class by willingly doing what he did. You can suspend the guy and you can black-mark him, but in our book he is one heck of a person for doing what he did. The man has paid a thousand times for making a mistake. He paid the ultimate price by giving up his title. We know he used EPO to win it, so it really wasn’t his, but, nonetheless, he did a great thing. Let’s leave it at that.
Thomas Frischknecht has issued an email regarding the situation. Here it is in full:
In a message dated 5/27/2000 7:29:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Subj: 1996 world champion
Another chapter of my career was written on Wednesday, May 24th , 2000.
After a training ride in the morning I jumped on the plane to Paris. Some
Jerome wanted to give me his original rainbow jersey and the gold medal
Jerome was a road racer for Festina when he entered the international
He actually told me already in 1997 on a training ride that for him I was the true world champion. I kind of knew what he wanted to tell me. He then changed to ride clean for the last couple of years. He never won a World
What he did four years ago was very wrong! He probably took away the
I was at the press conference for only one hour. After Jerome gave me the
Sure, it would have been nice to win this title four years ago. But I much
Drugs don’t work in the long term. They are only bad shortcut to success.
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