Danilo Hondo was baptized with the controversial doctor Mark S. The former sprinter admitted this in court. In this context he also mentioned another prominent name.
The former professional cyclist Danilo Hondo was baptized by the doctor Mark S. together with the former sprintster Alessandro Petacchi. The 46-year-old said this when he gave his testimony in the blood doping test in Munich on Tuesday. As teammates of the Lampre Racing team, the two athletes were sometimes even treated side by side in the hotel room by the Erfurt doctor. “If you have such a close relationship that was almost fraternal, then you have no problem getting baptized together in one room,” Hondo told the Munich Regional Court.
At the time, Hondo was Petacchi’s main assistant in the sprints, the two are still good friends. Unlike native Cottbus, Petacchi continues to deny being baptized by Mark S. Nevertheless, the Italian, who was one of the best sprinters in the world in the early 1990s, winning dozens of stages in the three Grand Tours, was subsequently suspended.
Doping costs 25,000 euros
Hondo said he was coaxed into blood doping by Mark S. in the fall of 2011. Blood was then drawn in the winter, which he prepared for, returning to important races such as Milan-Sanremo or the Tour de France in 2012. Hondo, however, no longer celebrated successes. “It seemed to have hurt me more,” he said. After the 2012 season, he stopped blood doping with Mark S. The collaboration cost him approximately 25,000 euros.
When the blood doping affair came to light in the context of “Operation Aderlass” in 2019, Hondo’s name was also mentioned, who subsequently confessed in an interview and lost his job as national coach in Switzerland.