Another Austrian cyclist admits blood doping as case widens

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, Georg Preidler of Austria competes in the men's road cycling individual time trial at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Professional cycling team Groupama-FDJ said Monday March 4, 2019, that Preidler has admitted to blood doping related to a case which began with the arrests of five skiers. (Bryn Lennon/Pool File Photo via AP)

VIENNA — Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has admitted to blood doping linked to a case in which five skiers were arrested, his professional team Groupama-FDJ said Monday.

Preidler offered "his immediate and spontaneous resignation, justified by his inexcusable involvement" in the doping case, Groupama-FDJ said. He had allegedly undergone "blood collection" procedures twice last year.

The team said it had informed the International Cycling Union, French law enforcement and the French anti-doping agency.

"The UCI does not have any first-hand information concerning confessions made by cyclists," the Switzerland-based governing body said in a statement.

However, the cycling body said it asked its independent investigators to exchange information with Austrian authorities and the World Anti-Doping Agency to advance each other's cases.

Authorities in Austria previously said Sunday that another rider had admitted to doping and was suspected of sports fraud in connection with the case. That rider wasn't named under Austrian privacy laws.

Preidler has raced in eight Grand Tours, including twice at the Tour de France, and took part in the Giro d'Italia and Spanish Vuelta last season. He was 16th for Austria in the time trial at the 2016 Olympics.

Austrian and German police arrested nine people last week, including five cross-country skiers at the world championships and a German doctor. Austrian authorities said they had disrupted an "international doping ring" with involvement in multiple sports. One skier was arrested part-way through a blood transfusion.

The doctor at the center of the case is Mark Schmidt, who worked for the Gerolsteiner cycling team around the time Austrian rider Bernhard Kohl was stripped of his third place and the polka-dot jersey for best climber at the 2008 Tour de France for doping.

Schmidt, who was arrested in Erfurt, where he has a medical practice, has denied wrongdoing.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Must Read

Wrong music? Russian biathletes sing correct...

Feb 19, 2017

Russian biathletes decided to sing their national anthem without any instrumental accompaniment...

Ajax player Nouri has severe and permanent brain...

Jul 13, 2017

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has been diagnosed with severe and permanent brain damage five days...

Martins Dukurs takes European skeleton title with...

Dec 15, 2017

Latvian slider Martins Dukurs won the European skeleton title for a third straight year by earning...

Shiffrin wins WCup slalom, extends winning streak...

Jan 9, 2018

Olympic slalom champion Shiffrin wins night slalom, extends 2018 winning streak to record 5 races

Dressen wins downhill for 1st German victory in...

Jan 20, 2018

Thomas Dressen has won the classic World Cup downhill on the Streif for Germany's first victory in...

Search

About Us

From transfer news, tactical analysis to predictions, get only the best of the world of sports daily with Daily Sports Club.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsclub.com

Subscribe Now!