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Germany includes Zabel in world championship team despite doping past

Germany includes Zabel in world championship team despite doping past

The German cycling union has picked sprint star Erik Zabel for the upcoming World Championship at home despite his admission of a doping past.
Also included in the team was Andreas Kloeden, whose Astana team has been tainted by several high-profile doping cases.
Zabel admitted in May that he took the blood booster EPO during the first week of the 1996 Tour de France, but never again. He was retained by his present Team Milram and has continued racing, including at the Tour de France.
Local officials with the organizing committee of the Sept. 26-30 championship in Stuttgart, led by the city's top sports official, Susanne Eisenmann, have mounted a vocal campaign to have Zabel excluded from the event.
They also pleaded for Kloeden to be left out but the German federation (BDR) included the Astana rider.
The entire Astana team was withdrawn from the Tour de France after its rider Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a blood transfusion after his victory in the 13th stage time trial. On Aug. 1, Andrej Kashechkin also tested positive for a blood transfusion during unannounced controls in Belek, Turkey, while Matthias Kessler was fired after his "A" and "B" samples from a test in April showed elevated testosterone levels.
Zabel was one of several former Telekom riders who came out and admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs in the 1990s.
The Stuttgart organizers, worried about the image of the sport, have increased the number of drug tests to be administered before and during the event.


Updated : 2021-03-06 07:42 GMT+08:00