Lado and Manuel Fumic have been warned and suspended for three months for not submitting their "whereabouts" forms, the Bund Deutsche Radfahrer (BDR, German cycling federation) announced Thursday. They were warned for not filing for the fourth quarter of 2007, and suspended for not filing for the first quarter of 2008. The brothers have said that they will contest the suspension in court.
The Missed Test Policy, which was introduced in 2007, requires members of the national test pool to report their "whereabouts" on a quarterly basis. Missing this requirement one time called for a warning, which they received. As of January 1, 2008, the "whereabouts" must be reported through the ADAMS system.
"Since the 'whereabouts information' for the first quarter of 2008 was also not properly reported, the Bundessportgericht has issued a second sanction for violating the reporting requirement," the BDR press release said, "and as is required in the NADA code for a second reporting violation the riders Lado and Manuel Fumic have been given a three-month ban." The brothers from Kircheim, Germany, now have 14 days to appeal the decision.