No.12 - Tour de France winner Stephen Roche denies allegations by an Italian judge of taking performance enhancing drugs

2004 saw the publication of a judge's report which rocked the cycling world when the Italian judge concerned Judge Franca Oliva alleged that Stephen Roche, among other top cyclists, had used the banned substance EPO. The comments occurred during a court case relating to claims that Dr Giovanni Grazzi, a doctor at Roche's Carrera team in 1993, had administered EPO to a number of members of the team, including Roche.

Under the statute of limitations neither Roche, his Carrera team-mates, nor the team doctor were ever prosecuted under Italian law. Roche has vehemently denied ever taking performance enhancing drugs and has never tested positive.