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Annalisa Schmad at the grave of her late husband Johannes Draaijer in Sondel in the Netherlands

Annalisa Schmad at the grave of her late husband Johannes Draaijer in Sondel in the Netherlands

The couple on their wedding day

The couple on their wedding day

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Annalisa Schmad at the grave of her late husband Johannes Draaijer in Sondel in the Netherlands

Johannes Draaijer was a Dutch cyclist. He won two stages of the Peace Race in 1987 and one stage of the Vuelta a Murcia in 1989. The same year he finished 130th in the Tour de France and was part of the team that won the race.

On February 27, 1990, Draaijer died in his sleep of a heart blockage, just a few days after a race. It is widely presumed, though not proven, that his death was caused by the use of the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO). The autopsy did not specify the cause of death, but Draaijer’s wife later told the German news magazine, Der Spiegel, that her husband became sick after using EPO.


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