PARIS: Bernard Sainz, who has already been convicted for inciting cyclists to cheat with drugs, was charged with further doping offences, a court source said.
Sainz, nicknamed “Dr. Mabuse” (Dr. I offend) but who claims to be an alternative medicine therapist, was arrested on Monday.
He was brought to Paris and charged with offences that include “practising medicine illegally” and “inciting athletes to use banned doping substances or methods”. In both cases he was also accused of being a repeat offender.
In 2016, Sainz was secretly filmed by French TV giving doping instructions to cyclists. These included instructing his “patients” on the use of EPO (a blood-doping agent) and clenbuterol (a steroid).
Sainz, 74, is not a qualified doctor but describes himself as “a specialist in gentle medicines”.