Former Quickstep and T-Mobile rider Patrick Sinkewitz is still in search of a team with which he could make a come-back to pro cycling in three months time. The German, who admitted to doping last year and received a shortened one-year suspension for collaborating with anti-doping authorities, appeared at the Henninger Turm race in Frankfurt on Thursday - a race he won in 2007 - and stated he was hoping to return to racing with a pro team soon.
"My win here last year was achieved without forbidden substances," insisted Sinkewitz, whose positive control came five weeks after the race, to German ARD TV. "I am currently contacting teams. My ban ends in three months, so I hope that I will race again soon."
The 27 year-old was positive about the current state of cycling as he thought there was less cheating than in the past. Asked whether he thought his doping confession helped to clean up the sport, he replied, "It's difficult to say for me, but I think it did. All the revelations that came to light last year have contributed to a cleaner sport. There are a lot of efforts being put in the anti-doping fight, so I think it must be bearing fruit."