“Operation bloodletting”: UCI locks four cyclists


The world Cycling Federation UCI restricts, among other things, the former sprint star Alessandro Petacchi. The Italians argue that it is in the blood doping affair, the German physician Mark S. involved.

Alessandro Petacchi at the Giro d’italia 2015

The world Cycling Union UCI has issued in connection with the blood doping scandal of the German physicians Mark S., among other things, against the former Italian sprint star Alessandro Petacchi of a provisional lock. In addition to Petacchi, the two Slovenians, Kristijan Koren and Borut Bozic, as well as the Croatian Kristijan Durasek are affected. The UCI stated that it had received information from the Austrian law enforcement authorities and acted upon.

“Never had a blood transfusion”

Petacchi denied in the doping affair of being involved. “I know that Mark S. was a physician at Team Milram, as I am driven there. Maybe he has taken care of the German riders,” said the Italian, who is now working in his homeland as a TV Cycling expert. “I never went in his practice in Germany or elsewhere, has never had a blood transfusion. I have no idea why my Name shows up in the file.”

From the current Giro taken

The former top Sprinter had his career, during which he won six stages of the Tour de France, 22 pieces of the Giro d’italia, 20 stages of the tour of Spain, in the year 2015 ends. Bozic said goodbye 2018 from the sport of Cycling. Koren and Durasek are still active. Koren was after the UCI decision from his Team before the start of the 5. Stage of the ongoing Giro d’Italia taken out of the race. Durasek went on the Tuesday the 3.Stage of the California tour.

On Sunday, the German Ex-Pro Danilo Hondo had given in an Interview with the ARD-doping editorial for the year 2011 of blood doping. The 45-Year-old had been released as the Swiss national coach with immediate effect.

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