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Swiss Cycling suspends mountain biker

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Cycling News
Published:
October 16, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:31 BST
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Latest Cycling News for October 16, 2006

By Susan Westemeyer The Swiss Olympic Committee has suspended mountain biker Daniel Paradis for two...

By Susan Westemeyer

The Swiss Olympic Committee has suspended mountain biker Daniel Paradis for two years for avoiding an out-of-competition doping test. The incident occurred on August 8, and the suspension is considered to have started on August 11, 2006.

Avoiding a doping control is considered to be the equivalent of a positive doping test. Paradis issued a statement in which he admitted that he had refused to take the test, saying "I find it inacceptable to be disturbed in my private sphere evenings after 8 o'clock."

Paradis won the Grand-Raid Race from Verbier to Grimentz twice. He was fired by his team in August because of suspected EPO use.

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