The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) takes note of the decisions rendered by the Legal committee of the Austrian National Anti-Doping Organisation(ÖADR) in the cases of Mr. Georg Preidler and Mr. Stefan Denifl which both stem from the Aderlass investigation.
The ÖADR found Mr. Preidler guilty of anti-doping rule violations for use of prohibited method in 2018 and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider. The results obtained by Mr. Preidler between 1 February 2018 and 5 March 2019, date on which he has been provisionally suspended, are disqualified.
The same sanction (i.e. 4-year period of ineligibility) was imposed on Mr. Denifl for anti-doping rule violations of use of prohibited method from 1 June 2014 to end 2018. Likewise, the results obtained by Mr. Denifl between 1 June 2014 and 5 March 2019, date of the beginning of his provisional suspension, are disqualified.
Both sanctions will run from 5 March 2019 until 4 March 2023.
Both decisions can be appealed within four weeks before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Since it was agreed that the disciplinary proceedings would be conducted by the Austrian Anti-Doping Organization, the UCI will recognize these decisions, upon expiration of the deadline to appeal.
The UCI and the CADF will continue to cooperate with and assist all parties involved in the Aderlass investigations but, in view of the nature of the ongoing investigations, will not make any further comment at this stage.