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Hondo back to Gerolsteiner?

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
November 01, 2005, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:18 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for November 1, 2005

Gerolsteiner team manager Hans-Michael Holczer has said that sprinter Danilo Hondo, currently...

Gerolsteiner team manager Hans-Michael Holczer has said that sprinter Danilo Hondo, currently serving a doping suspension, might return to the team next year, but that the final decision must be made by the sponsor. Hondo tested positive twice in March and is suspended until March 31, 2006. "On November 22 his case will be heard again in Lausanne. If this committee also finds that it was a case of unintentional doping, then it will remain as a one-year ban and not become a two-year ban," Holczer said recently. He questioned the guilt of his star sprinter, saying, "After I had reviewed all the facts, I had great doubts. Why would Danilo take a stimulant? He knew he would be controlled." The Gerolsteiner boss also questioned the alleged dosage, saying, "If he had really doped, then why would he have taken such a small amount? It wouldn't have had any effect."

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