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Pollack surprised by positive test, denies wrongdoing

By:
Hedwig Kröner
Published:
September 18, 2009, 9:18 BST,
Updated:
September 18, 2009, 10:43 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, September 18, 2009
Olaf Pollack (Team Volksbank)

Olaf Pollack (Team Volksbank)

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German road and track rider says he will cooperate with BDR, also battling illness

Former German T-Mobile and Gerolsteiner rider Olaf Pollack has reacted with "surprise" to his positive anti-doping test from July 6, which was revealed by the German cycling federation (BDR) yesterday. In a statement, the 35-year-old denied having used any banned substances.

"I cannot explain the alleged test result," said Pollack, who has vowed to clear his name. "I have told the BDR I will cooperate in the investigation of this case. Moreover, I have requested the analysis of the B-sample, which I will attend in the presence of a scientific expert."

But the German road and track rider also criticised the BDR's swift publication of his positive A-sample. "I was taken aback by the BDR's announcement of a temporary suspension, which encourages public prejudice. I regret this step also because of the following reason: The BDR is aware of the fact that I am currently undergoing treatment for a serious illness."

Pollack's recent successes on the track (Silver medal in the Madison at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester, German champion in the Madison and points race) were brought to a halt when the rider had to go to hospital for an eye infection in mid-August. However, his condition (retinal detachment) worsened and Pollack may be forced to end his career because of it.

Pollack risks a two-year suspension if the B-sample also returns positive for a yet unnamed substance.

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