Over a decade after the 1996 Tour de France, several riders with The Telekom confessed to doping around the time of the 1996 tour, including support riders Rolf Aldag, Udo Bolts Christian Henn and Brian Holm and team masseur Jef d’Hont has admitted in his autobiography that there was organized use of EPO in the team. In 2007, Erik Zabel admitted to using EPO during the first week of the race. The winner of the Tour, Bjarne Riis, admitted on 25 May 2007 that he also used EPO during the Tour, as a result, was asked by the International Cycling Union to return the yellow jersey he received. So far, runner-up Jan Ullrich, who has been under suspicion of doping, has not commented on allegations that he also used EPO. Third place Richard Virenque and fourth place Laurent Dufaux were implicated in the Festina scandal in 1998.
Bjarne Riis is still officially listed as the winner on the 1996 Tour de France with an asterisk noting his confession of EPO use during the competition.
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