Belgian pro cyclists implicated in blood doping investigation

Belgian investigation centres on activities of Dr Chris Mertens and 19 athletes, majority of whom are cyclists

A Belgian blood doping investigation centred on 19 athletes and Doctor Chris Mertens may go to trial this winter.

According to newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, a Leuven public prosecutor is pushing for the trial after a two and a half year investigation based on Mertens and his practices. The Belgian daily did not have the 19 names, but reported that the majority are famous and semi-famous road and cyclo-cross cyclists.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.