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November 28, 2019
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The UCI says that it has asked the Cycling Anti-doping Foundation (CADF) to retest samples taken from athletes during anti-doping controls in 2016 and 2017 “in light of information and documents received from Austrian law enforcement in the Aderlass affair.”
Operation Aderlass has linked athletes across multiple sports to a blood doping ring run by German doctor Mark Schmidt. State prosecutors in Bavaria have said that the investigation involved 21 athletes from eight different countries.
Several current and former pro cyclists have been implicated in the scandal since news of Operation Aderlass first emerged in February. Stefan Denifl, Georg Preidler, Kristian Koren, Kristijan Durasek, Borut Bozic, and Alessandro Petacchi have been suspended in connection with the investigation.
“During the Aderlass investigation, and thanks to close collaboration between the UCI and Austrian authorities, several procedures have been initiated for anti-doping rule violation. Several individuals, most of them active at the highest level, have now been sanctioned,” said the UCI in a statement on Wednesday announcing the “necessary reanalyses of samples taken during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.”
The UCI did not expound on the specifics of what that re-testing would entail, saying that it would “make no further comment at this stage.”