He didn't ride the TdF in 2006. In 2007 when he won a stage he finished 36th overall and 7th in the young rider competition behind such notables as Contador, Kohl and Dekker. He wore the yellow, then finished 5 minutes down the next day. Hardly an EPO or blood transfusion-like performance.
But a fantastic performance for someone who as a youth didn't have much climbing talent and was seen as a reasonable time trialist and nothing more.....who then suddenly on his last youth year had a fantastic jump in performance out of completely nowhere.
But why is there such an attitude by German media that only cyclists dope? We all know what the former East Germany did to their athletes. Such a hyprocritical attitude for mine.
It's "cool" to bash cycling. For instance, at the tail end of last year, at some awards ceremony, can't remember which, they didn't mention cycling except for the one time where they joked about Schumacher not getting any awards and how cycling is such a dirty sport........and proceeded to nominate athletics contenders (a sport who last year had more positives than cycling) for awards. Hypocrisy at its finest.
Grabsch is german and at the time was the world time trial champion. He didn't get a single nomination or even a mention for any of the awards.
All hail hypocrisy.