Filip Meirhaeghe

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Cycling, Silver medal at the Summer Olympic Games, Medals - World champion, European champion, national champion

BelgianBorn Filip Joël Meirhaeghe

Belgian racing cyclist

Born on March 05, 1971 in Gent , Belgium (51 years)

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Filip Meirhaeghe (born 5 March 1971 in Ghent) is a retired Belgian racing cyclist. His primary focus was in mountain bike racing, however, he has also taken part in elite road, cyclo-cross and track cycling. He has won four Mountain Bike World Championships medals, one Olympic medal and a total of eleven mountain bike World Cup events. In the final years of his racing career he raced for the bicycle manufacturer Specialized Bicycle Components on the mountain bike and for the professional team Domina Vacanze-Elitron on the road.

...   Filip Meirhaeghe (born 5 March 1971 in Ghent) is a retired Belgian racing cyclist. His primary focus was in mountain bike racing, however, he has also taken part in elite road, cyclo-cross and track cycling. He has won four Mountain Bike World Championships medals, one Olympic medal and a total of eleven mountain bike World Cup events. In the final years of his racing career he raced for the bicycle manufacturer Specialized Bicycle Components on the mountain bike and for the professional team Domina Vacanze-Elitron on the road.


Doping
On 29 July 2004, just before the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, Meirhaeghe admitted to having used EPO. He tested positive during the World Cup in Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec (Canada) and unlike most racers did not argue the validity of the test. During a press conference he admitted he used EPO simply because of his desire to win gold at the Olympics. He also announced at that time he would stop racing and retire. He wrote a book called Positief, which tells the story of his life as an athlete and the consequences of his positive test. (issued by Davidsfonds – in Dutch only).


End of retirement
Filip was suspended from professional racing until 14 January 2006 based on his positive test result. On 1 January 2006, he announced he would resume racing. He signed a three-year contract to race for Landbouwkrediet-Colnago on the road and Versluys-Landbouwkrediet-Sportstech on mountain bikes. He made his comeback during the beach-race of Oostduinkerke (Belgium). He retired again in September 2009.


Major racing achievements
2000 Summer Olympics
Silver: 2000 – Sydney (AUS)
Mountain Bike World Championships
Gold: 2003 – Lugano (SUI)
Silver: 2002 – Kaprun (AUT)
Bronze: 1998 – Mont Sainte-Anne (CAN)
Bronze: 1999 – Åre (SWE)
Mountain Bike World Cup
Winner: 2002
European XC MTB Championships
Champion: 2000
Belgian XC MTB Championships
Champion: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001
Belgian Downhill National Championships
Champion 1994
Paris–Roubaix mountain bike
Winner: 1997, 2002


See also
List of doping cases in cycling
List of sportspeople sanctioned for doping offences


References


External links
Filip's official website
Filip Meirhaeghe at Cycling Archives
Filip Meirhaeghe at CQ Ranking
Filip Meirhaeghe at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


 

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