Controversial doctor Schmidt admits that he has provided cyclists with doping
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:29 PM
German sports doctor Mark Schmidt has confessed to a court in Munich that he has been doping athletes since 2012. This mainly concerned winter sports enthusiasts and cyclists, said Schmidt’s lawyer.
The German doctor stated that he had never been out for personal gain. Schmidt also emphasizes that he never endangered the health of the athletes concerned. The German is seen as the key figure in the Operation Aderlass doping case, in which various cyclists were also involved.
Operation Aderlass is about the activities of Schmidt, who has a history as a team doctor at Gerolsteiner. He is accused of administering blood doping. In addition to cyclists, cross-country skiers are also involved. This spring, the German ex-prof Danilo Hondo admitted that he was a customer of the doping doctor.
Kristijan Durasek, Kristijan Koren, Borut Bozic, Alessandro Petacchi, Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler also came forward in the doping case. In early September it became clear that researchers from Operation Aderlass have information about a new doping substance: H7379 Hemoglobin Human.
New doping substance
In August, the German-Austrian police investigating Operation Aderlass picked up a Croatian supplier of Mark Schmidt. The researchers discovered through the detained dealer that Schmidt had worked with the drug H7379 Hemoglobin Human and that other riders used this product.
The Operation Aderlass research team now has information that riders used the new doping substance in 2016 and 2017. Through interrogations, the team tracked down names of riders who may have used the product. Just like the name of the new drug, the names of the riders have also been passed on to the UCI cycling association and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), with which the UCI works together.
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