Kittel calls for better support for athletes after blood doping investigation

Marcel Kittel speaks on stage

Marcel Kittel and Matthias Brändle have reacted to the blood doping confessions of Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler . The German sprinter has called for better support for young athletes to help them avoid the temptations of doping, while Brändle has said he would agree to lose all that he has earned during his 11-year professional career if he was ever caught doping. Kittel comes from Erfurt in Germany, where Dr. Mark Schmidt was arrested and 40 blood bags were reportedly discovered in a garage. Five Nordic skiers were arrested at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria last week as part of the inquiry, known as Operation Aderlass. Denifl confessed to blood doping after being questioned by police on Friday, while Preidler confessed over the weekend to twice extracting his blood during the final months of 2018. Brändle revealed he had shared rooms with his fellow Austrian riders but said ...

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