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In a phone call to Specialized headquarters on Wednesday, July 28, mountain bike world champion Filip Meirhaeghe regretfully informed his sponsor that he has tested positive for the banned substance EPO. Filip accepted responsibility for his actions and announced his retirement.

On Thursday morning at a press conference in Belgium, Meirhaeghe admitted his guilt and said it was time for him to stop racing. "Nobody from my entourage knew about that EPO use," he said. "I immediately understood it would be fatal for my career."

Specialized's policy with its athletes is "zero tolerance" regarding the use of banned substances. Mike Sinyard, company founder and president, made this clear on Wednesday evening, "If you cheat, you're fired."

"Filip is a great person and an exceptional athlete who exercised exceptionally poor judgement," Sinyard continued. "And, it truly saddens me to see his accomplishments diminished this way. I believe that as a person, he is fundamentally above such things, but made a grave mistake."

^What a loser! What do u guys have to say?
 

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I just found out. It's so sad, so dissapointing. He definitely very wrongly focused on the very near term, when it was obvious he's gonna be caught. Man, he was so stupid! I was following his career very closely and wishing him his Olimpic gold.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. If it's true he took EPO six weeks ago, then his previous wins and runner-ups were showing his true form. But, he NEEDED to win so badly he took the wrong way. That shows he's not a true sportsman. Very sad.
 
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