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Cycling News Flash, July 18, 2007

Date published:
July 18, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Sinkewitz positive - German public channels stop Tour coverage immediately

    Article published:
    July 18, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Bjorn Haake

    Patrik Sinkewitz of T-Mobile has tested positive for testosterone, it was announced earlier today....

    Patrik Sinkewitz of T-Mobile has tested positive for testosterone, it was announced earlier today. The test was conducted on June 8 during a team training camp in Pau. The reported value was 24:1, with the allowed limit being 4:1. A normal value is considered to be 1:1.

    The German public channels initially said they would not boycott cycling, but said during the Tour they would stop broadcasting if more doping are cases surfacing. They came through with their promise after the most recent doping case and have decided to not broadcast today's tenth stage on neither ARD nor ZDF.

    Today it would have been the turn of ARD in their alternating schedule, but instead of the stage, there was a special edition sports report that featured interviews and background on doping.

    It featured an interview with Christian Frommert, who is the sports communication director of T-Mobile. Frommert said "We are disappointed and shocked. We will now have to collect all the facts and evaluate and see what we do. But it is not fair to go after the other six team members because of the behaviour of one individual. More facts will trickle in. The news is only 2.5 hours old.

    "We will have to wait for the B sample, though I believe it will have the same outcome."

    On the fact that Sinkewitz signed the UCI statement, Frommert said that "we are not naive. We know that some signed the statement and won't change their behaviour." He also indicated that T-Mobile will continue the question things and investigate.

    What Frommert found really disappointing was the fact that it happened during a team training camp, after they have clear instructions by the team management about the consequences. "But we can't follow the riders everywhere. There is no difference if they are at home or in their rooms in a training camp. We don't know what the riders do, then. We...