Disgraced professional cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz has said there was no talk within his former squad T-Mobile of doping during the past season, despite his use of prohibited substances that lead to a non-negative test and his dumping from the German outfit. Sinkewitz made the remarks at a German cycling federation (BDR) hearing.
There was still talk of blood doping within the German team in 2006 according to German anti-doping expert Werner Franke, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper has reported. "Sinkewitz confirmed that doping use within T-Mobile belongs to the past," said Peter Barth, the chairman of the discipline committee from BDR. "It is strange that Werner Franke speaks out about this, because he wasn't at the hearing."