Belgian cyclo-crosser Ben Berden's suspension has been lengthened by nine months, until January 12, 2007, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. And although Berden will be out of competition for a long time, he's still planning on returning to the pro peloton.
"My new employer is not only letting me combine my daily job with my training on the bike - the day I'm allowed to race again, he's also guaranteed a sponsorship." Berden told HLN. "I keep on training, motivated."
In the meantime, he'll have to pay the €60,000 that his court case cost. "I've had enough of the whole affair. What has the honest and spontaneous confession brought me? Nothing but misery. Some good advice for future doping sinners: keep on lying, tell them you didn't do anything wrong."
Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland