Madiot expresses 'surprise' and 'enormous disappointment' at Preidler doping confession

Marc Madiot

Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot has expressed his "surprise" and "enormous disappointment" his rider Georg Preidler's confession to extracting blood for a possible transfusion. As evidence of blood doping was uncovered by the Austrian police's 'Operation Aderlass' investigation, Preidler confessed to the authorities on Sunday and emailed Madiot to say he was resigning from the team with immediate effect. In an interview with the Kronen Zeiting newspaper in Austria, Preidler claimed he had had blood extracted, but insisted he had not re-injected it, acknowledging that the "fraudulent intent" was a rule violation in itself. "It was with surprise and disappointment that I learnt of the news involving Georg Preidler, through an email he sent to us yesterday," Madiot said, according the French newspaper Ouest France . "In his email, Georg informed me of his resignation with immediate effect, which I ratified straight away. Georg is therefore no longer part of our ...

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