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Patrik Sinkewitz has finally found a new team for the 2009 season, according to the Czech web site...
Patrik Sinkewitz has finally found a new team for the 2009 season, according to the Czech web site peloton.cz, which reports the German has signed with PSK Whirlpool, a Czech Professional Continental team.
Sinkewitz told Cyclingnews that he was surprised by the report and wouldn't confirm it, but expected to have an announcement on Monday.
Sinkewitz found himself at the center of a storm of doping controversy after it was announced during the 2007 Tour de France that he had tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition doping control prior to the Tour. He was subsequently fired by T-Mobile Team, but the case touched off a cascade of reactions which included German television refusing to broadcast the Tour coverage for the remainder of the race.
Sinkewitz precipitated further controversy when he confessed to using the drug and was a cooperative witness, giving investigators many details about his own doping and those of his former team. Among those is rumored to be details of blood transfusions received by Sinkewitz and other T-Mobile riders at the University of Freiburg Clinic during the 2006 Tour de France. (SW)