JJ Lobato issues apology over use of sleeping pills that saw him fired from LottoNL-Jumbo

The Spaniard said it was the "hardest year of my life", which led him to using the non-doping related pills

Juan Jose Lobato at the 2017 Japan Cup (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Spaniard Juan José Lobato is "sorry" for taking prohibited sleeping pills at a LottoNL-Jumbo camp on December 14, which led to him being dropped by the team, but says it had been the "hardest year of my life."

Lobato did not wake up immediately. He and Dutchmen Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn were taken to the hospital immediately during a December training camp in Girona, Spain.

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