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Schumacher suspension ends, but racing delayed

Stefan Schumacher will have to wait a bit longer for his return to professional cycling after serving a two-year suspension for doping, he said on his website on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was caught in October 2008 when a sample taken during that July’s Tour de France was shown to have contained a new EPO variant known as CERA.

His suspension imposed by the UCI expired on Saturday.

The German rider had wanted to race in Saturday’s Giro del Veneto in Italy for his new Italian team Miche, but said: “formalities could not be settled in time.”

Schumacher, a former Gerolsteiner rider, is now expected to race at the Giro della Romagna in Italy on September 5.

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