The question of Jörg Jaksche's possible return to the T-Mobile Team "is not an issue for us at the moment," team spokesman Stefan Wagner told Cyclingnews on Friday. In an interview with the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger newspaper, Jaksche had said that he was contact with the team and that contract negotiations had taken place. He rode for Team Telekom in 1999 and 2000.
The 31 year-old confessed this summer to not only having been a client of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, head of the blood doping ring uncovered in Operación Puerto, but also to having doped throughout his entire career. The Austrian cycling federation gave him a one-year suspension, which he is currently trying to have shortened to come back to racing in May instead of July 2008.
Jaksche said that he "would feel comfortable only with T-Mobile. That is because it has the new internal orientation of an anti-doping team, which is what I am seeking." He further stated that if he didn't have a contract by the end of the year, he would retire.