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Two more German riders linked to Aderlass blood doping

Joe Robinson
23 Dec 2019

Both riders have raced the Tour de France, according to reports, while one is still active in the peloton

Two more German WorldTour riders have been linked to the Operation Aderlass blood doping scandal.

New reports from German broadcaster ARD suggest that two German riders who both competed at the Tour de France for 'high-class teams' are being looked at by authorities, one of whom is still an active rider.

So far, seven cyclists have been caught in the Operation Aderlass investigations into blood doping that saw mass raids on athletes at the World Ski Championships in February.

The first two cyclists implemented were Austrian duo Georg Preidler and Stefan Denifl, both of which admitted to working with German doctor Mark Schmidt.

Danilo Hondo, Kristijan Koren, Kristijan Durasek, Borut Bozic and Alessandro Pettachi have since been charged for their connections to Schmidt. All seven have since been handed sanctions by the UCI.

Schmidt, who previously worked for cycling teams Milram and Gerolsteiner, was detained by Austrian authorities in February and initially worked with investigators before ending his cooperation in May.

The most recent development for cycling was the request of the UCI for retesting of certain samples for the 2016 and 2017 seasons following information gained during the Aderlass investigation. 

In light of the Aderlass scandal, the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) demanded a tougher approach to blood doping in cycling to combat what they called a 'mafia' protocols outside of cycling.

These claims came after Groupama-FDJ team boss Marc Madiot and Team Sunweb manager Iwan Spekenbrink met with Preidler to further understand how blood doping was still happening in the current professional peloton.

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