Johannes Draaijer

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Johannes Draaijer
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1987-0513-036, Johannes Draaijer.jpg
Johannes Draaijer in 1987
Personal information
Born8 March 1963
Nijemirdum, the Netherlands
Died27 February 1990 (aged 26)
Hoeven, the Netherlands
ClubPDM – Concorde

Johannes Draaijer (8 March 1963 – 27 February 1990) 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.[1]

On 27 February 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.[2][3][4] This was the second death of a Dutch cyclist that was attributed to EPO, after demise of Bert Oosterbosch in 1989.[5][6][7]


Media related to Johannes Draaijer at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Johannes Draaijer.
  2. ^ Fisher, Lawrence M. (1991-05-19). "Stamina-Building Drug Linked to Athletes' Deaths". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  3. ^ Schlamm in den Adern. Der Spiegel (1991-06-10)
  4. ^ Teil 3: Todesfälle (nicht nur) im Radsport und Doping – gibt es einen Zusammenhang?
  5. ^ "Cycling News – news article on EPO deaths". 1997-01-23. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  6. ^ "Cycling News – news article on EPO deaths - Unfinished stone for an unfinished love". The Sunday Independent. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  7. ^ "Cycling News – news article on EPO deaths - Mystery mixed with truth on the road to Paris". The Sunday Independent. 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2014-08-17.