As a result of the events during the training camp in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Team LottoNL-Jumbo has ended the contract with Juan José Lobato in mutual consultation. Furthermore, Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn have been suspended for two months. These two riders are excluded from all team activities, including the team presentation, the training camp and the participation in races.
Without the knowledge of the team and its medical staff the trio had used (non-doping related) sleep medication, which was neither provided nor is being prescribed by the team. This is a severe and unacceptable violation of the team regulations.
In determining the measures, all legal and personal aspects were taken into account, as well as the major impact the incident has had on the team. It was also paramount to ascertain who was in possession of what medication and in which way they were utilised. None of these riders’ actions have violated UCI and/or Wada rules.
The team takes responsibility for the health of the riders, and experiments that endanger their health are not accepted. In the context of the talent development policy that Team LottoNL-Jumbo advocates, the team has reached out to Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn to provide them a continuing opportunity to develop into an exemplary professional cyclist.
In the case of Juan José Lobato, it was decided to end the sporting cooperation in the interest of both the rider and the team. Lobato has had an emotionally eventful year and will have to concentrate on his recovery.