The Veerpalu Saga Ends (For Now)

With the recent news that Andrus Veerpalu’s doping suspension has been made official, a sad story sort of ends. I’m always glad to see doping rules enforced, but it’s also not the way I want to hear about my favorite sport in the news.

Over the years, Veerpalu has raced against many people:

Name Number of Races
MAE Jaak 138
FREDRIKSSON Mathias 110
DI CENTA Giorgio 106
BATORY Ivan 102
BAUER Lukas 94
PILLER COTTRER Pietro 94
VITTOZ Vincent 92
HJELMESET Odd-Bjoern 90
VALBUSA Fulvio 90
SCHLUETTER Andreas 89
SOMMERFELDT Rene 88
FILBRICH Jens 82
BAJCICAK Martin 81
IMAI Hiroyuki 80
TEICHMANN Axel 79
HASLER Markus 78
ESTIL Frode 76
ANGERER Tobias 75
AUKLAND Anders 71
EBISAWA Katsuhito 70

 

 

Of the folks he’s raced against the most, the following graph shows how each has fared, overall:

Negative values (left) mean that skier tended to fare better against Veerpalu, and vice versa. We’ll probably never know how much Veerpalu cheated, exactly when, or for how long. But the folks who raced against him a lot whom he often beat (e.g. Hjelmeset, Sommerfeldt) are probably wondering.

For the record, I’ve posted plenty of times on Veerpalu in the past.

Related posts:

  1. Career Retrospective: Vincent Vittoz
  2. Dopers – Update
  3. Revisiting The Mysteries Of Andrus Veerpalu
  4. The Mysteries of Andrus Veerpalu
  5. Week In Review: Friday Apr 8th

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