Petacchi, Koren, Durasek, Bozic named in Austrian doping ring
15 May 2019 08:13
The UCI has announced the names of four cyclists involved in Operation Aderlass, the Austrian police investigation that uncovered a blood doping ring, with Alessandro Petacchi, Kristijan Koren, Kristijan Durasek, and Borut Bozic all being suspended and notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations. Petacchi, who retired from professional cycling in 2015 having won more than 150 races, has been suspended while the UCI investigate the "use of prohibited method" between 2012 and 2013. The Italian’s only wins during that period were three stages of Bayern Rundfahrt. Koren is currently riding the Giro d'Italia with Bahrain-Merida, while Durasek is riding the Tour of California with UAE Team Emirates. Both riders are expected to be suspended by their teams and sent home. Borut Bozic works as a sport director for Bahrain-Merida after retiring from racing at the end of last year. ADVERTISEMENT "Based on information received from the law enforcement authorities of Austria, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has notified the following individuals of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV): Borut Bozic, Kristijan Durasek, Kristijan Koren, Alessandro Petacchi," read a statement from the UCI. "The UCI has also provisionally suspended the above-mentioned individuals pursuant to Article 7.9.3 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. The UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI to define and lead the anti-doping testing strategy and investigations in our sport, have been in close contact with the sport and state authorities involved in the Aderlass investigation, in particular with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Austrian law enforcement authorities. "The UCI and the CADF will continue to cooperate with and assist all parties involved in these investigations but, in view of the nature of the ongoing investigation, will not make any further comment at this stage."
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