Denifl And Preidler Handed Four-Year Bans After Blood Doping Confessions

Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) wins stage 17 at the Vuelta a Espana

Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler have been handed four-year bans by the Austrian National Anti-Doping Organisation (ÖADR) after they confessed to blood doping. The two Austrian riders were snared by the Operation Aderlass police investigation in Austria and Germany. The doping inquiry has centred on the activities of the former Milram and Gerolsteiner team doctor Mark Schmidt, who is based in Erfurt, Germany. In addition to Denifl and Preidler, five other past and current riders have been provisionally suspended based on evidence amassed by the investigation. Denifl, formerly of Aqua Blue Sport, confessed to blood doping when interviewed by Austrian police as part of the Operation Aderlass doping inquiry. The 31-year-old had signed a contract with CCC for the 2019 season but asked to have it rescinded in December. When news of Denifl’s confession was published in early March, Preidler came forward and confessed to Austrian police that he had ...

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