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Schumacher reacts to suspension

By:
Gregor Brown
Published:
March 08, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:11 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, March 8, 2009
Stefan Schumacher during stage 20 of the 2008 Tour

Stefan Schumacher during stage 20 of the 2008 Tour

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Stefan Schumacher said that he was "stunned" to hear from the International Cycling Union that it...

Stefan Schumacher said that he was "stunned" to hear from the International Cycling Union that it had confirmed his two-year suspension on doping charges.

The UCI on March 6 confirmed the ban handed down by the French anti-doping agency AFLD the end of February. Schumacher tested positive for CERA during last year's Tour de France.

Schumacher said that the UCI issued its decision "without checking the documents. Without explaining the irregularities. Without a hearing. And without listening to me at all." The 27-year-old said that he would appeal this "scandal" to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a statement published on his website, stefan-schumacher.com, he continued to insist, "I did not dope and I have nothing to hide."

To support his claims, he published a number of documents from the AFLD on his website, including two which refer to him as "Michael" Schumacher. The cyclist is not related to the former Formula One champion.

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