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CAS denies Schumacher’s appeal

Agence France Presse

CAS, the world sport’s top court, on Monday rejected an appeal by disgraced German cyclist Stefan Schumacher against a two-year ban for doping during the 2008 Olympic Games.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by German cyclist Stefan Schumacher against the decision of the International Cycling Union to recognize the two-year suspension imposed by the French Anti-Doping Agency and to extend it worldwide,” said the court in a statement.

However, CAS brought forward the suspension to August 28, 2008 — when Schumacher stopped racing since he could no longer get a license — instead of January 22, 2009, the date fixed by the UCI.

Schumacher was one of six athletes who had tested positive for banned-blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) CERA in Beijing after samples were re-tested. Having already tested positive twice for EPO CERA at the 2008 Tour de France, where he won two stages, Schumacher was handed a two-year ban by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, in February 2009.

The German denies ever being doped and on April 1 last year took his case to the CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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