A UAE Workforce Emirates rider is the newest athlete to be banned within the Operation Aderlass blood doping scandal.

Kristijan Durasek was once pulled from the Excursion of California previous this yr after the UCI printed his title as a rider suspected of involvement within the German-Austrian doping ring.

After being provisionally suspended in Would possibly following the UCI announcement, biking’s world governing frame showed on Wednesday (November 13) that the Croatian has been banned for 4 years.

Durasek, 32, is the newest rider to be sanctioned following the police blood doping investigation, which has additionally observed Bahrain-Merida rider Kristijan Koren and sports activities director Borut Božič banned from the game for 2 years.

The UCI remark stated: “Kristijan Durasek has been sanctioned with a duration of ineligibility of 4 years for anti-doping rule violations dedicated from 2016 to 2019 (use of prohibited strategies/components) in accordance with data won from the regulation enforcement government of Austria.

“The case has been resolved by means of an acceptance of penalties as equipped for by means of the Global Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Regulations.”

Durasek, who has the appropriate to enchantment to his nationwide anti-doping authority or the Global Anti-Doping Company (WADA), rode for Lampre-Merida in 2016, prior to becoming a member of UAE Workforce Emirates the next yr.

His best victory all the way through that duration was once degree two of the Excursion of Croatia in 2017.

In Would possibly, the blood doping scandal hit the Giro d’Italia and the Excursion of California after the UCI printed 4 names believed to be attached with the case.

Slovenian Kristijan Koren was once pulled from the Giro by means of his crew, whilst Durasek was once got rid of from the Excursion of California over the revelations.

Additionally named have been Bahrain-Merida assistant sports activities director Božič and retired Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi.

In August, Petacchi was once given a two-year ban for doping violations relationship again to 2012 and 2013, and was once stripped of his effects from that duration.

Then in October, Koren and his compatriot Božič have been banned for 2 years every and have been fired by means of Bahrain-Merida.

Koren was once sanctioned for the usage of a prohibited approach or substance in 2011 and 2012, whilst driving for Liquigas-Cannondale, whilst Božič was once banned for an anti-doping violation in 2012 all the way through his time with Astana.

The bans are the results of Operation Aderlass, a police investigation into blood doping within the Nordic snowboarding Global Championships in Seefeld, Austria.

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Police raided 16 houses and arrested 9 folks previous this yr all the way through operations in Seefeld and Erfurt, Germany, and 40 blood baggage have been seized within the procedure.

Quite a few skiers have been arrested and it quickly emerged that high tier cyclists have been additionally concerned. Former Groupama-FDJ rider Georg Preidler and previous Aqua Blue Recreation rider Stefan Denifl have each been banned from the game for 4 years and face fees of commercially critical sports activities fraud. Preidler’s ban is provisional as he’s contesting the case.

Biking Weekly has approached UAE Workforce Emirates for remark.



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