BERLIN, Germany (AFP) – The ‘B’ sample of blood collected during a race in February from Patrik Sinkewitz has tested positive for the growth hormone.
Sinkewitz said on his own website that he was innocent and “ready to prove it.”
Growth hormone showed up in tests of a blood sample taken from Sinkewitz at the GP di Lugano on February 27, leading to a provisional ban by the UCI.
Sinkewitz had already been banned for a year after he tested positive for testosterone on June 8, 2007.
A former Tour of Germany winner, Sinkewitz was sacked by his team T-Mobile during the 2007 Tour after the failed test and he later admitted using blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) and having undergone blood transfusions.