Steven Rooks

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Steven Rooks (born August 7, 1960 in Otterleek ) is a former Dutch cyclist . He was one of the pre-eminent professional cyclists of the 1980s.


As an amateur, Rooks started in the International Peace Drive in 1982 , but retired in the course of the race. His professional career began in 1982 at TI-Raleigh and ended in 1995 at Panasonic. He had his first success as a professional driver in 1982 on the Tour of Germany , when he and his team won the team time trial. He had his most successful year in 1988 , when he won the dotted jersey of the Tour de France and came second behind the Spaniard Pedro Delgado on this tour. In the world rankings he reached 3rd place that year, which meant the highest ranking in his career for him.


After Rooks had already confessed at the end of 1999 that he had regularly doped with testosterone and amphetamines during his career , he also admitted in June 2009 that he had been taking EPO illegally to improve performance since the early 1990s .


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Individual evidence

  1. Maik Märtin: 50 years of Course de la Paix . Agency Construct, Leipzig 1998, p. 254 .
  2. ^ Organization of Buckler Cycling Team (ed.): Buckler Cycling Team . Breda 1991, p. 45 .
  3. ″ Ex-Tour mountain king Steven Rooks also confessed to EPO doping, ″ Kleine Zeitung from June 19, 2009

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