Cycling

Matschiner given 15 months over blood doping

Stefan Matschiner, the cycling manager who helped Bernhard Kohl and Michael Rasmussen with blood doping, has been sentenced to a 15-month jail term by a court in Vienna.

 
Matschiner given 15 months - CyclingImago
 

The Austrian was released immediately, however, since has served one month already and the remainder of his sentence is suspended. He will be on probation for three years.

The 35-year-old helped Kohl, Rasmussen and several top-level triathletes - all of whom he also managed - to cheat anti-doping authorities. Kohl was stripped of his third-place finish in the 2008 Tour de France after being found guilty of using EPO Cera, though Matschiner claims he did not supply the drug to Kohl.

Matschiner has caused a stir by announcing that he will publish a book next year explaining how blood doping and other techniques are used in the world of professional sport. In court he described doping as being as integral to elite sport "as breakfast".

"I regret nothing because I cannot say that I put the health of anyone in danger," he said.

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