Preidler admits to blood extraction as doping investigation widens

Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ)

The investigation into an international blood doping ring based in Germany has sparked a second confession from a cyclist, with Austria’s Georg Preidler of the French Groupama-FDJ team reportedly confessing to having his blood extracted for a possible transfusion. According to the Kronen Zeiting newspaper in Austria, Preidler confessed to Austrian police on Sunday and explained that he "could not live with this secret anymore". Preidler was due to ride the Classic de l'Ardèche Rhône Crussol at the weekend but was replaced by Romain Seigle, with Groupama-FDJ saying he was sick. He apparently terminated his contract with the team on Sunday in an email, with Groupama-FDJ revealing he admitted to having his blood drawn on two occasions late in 2018. The French WorldTour team said they had contacted the UCI, French police, the AFLD French Anti-Doping Agency and the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC). "We deplore this case but ...

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