UCI provisionally suspends Preidler and Denifl after blood doping confessions

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

The UCI has announced that it has provisionally suspended Georg Preidler and Stefan Denifl in the wake of the Austrian riders' recent confessions to blood doping offences. The governing body had previously requested further information on their admissions, reported in the Austrian media on Sunday and Monday, before taking action. On Sunday morning, it was reported that Denifl, formerly of Aqua Blue, had confessed to blood doping after being questioned by police as part of the 'Operation Aderlass' doping inquiry, which saw five Nordic skiers arrested during last week's World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. Austrian police have since confirmed the news. Preidler quit the Groupama-FDJ team later on Sunday, having confessed to Austrian police that his blood drawn for a possible transfusion on two occasions in 2018. "I made a doping confession. I had my blood taken out but never put it back. But the thought and the fraudulent intent ...

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