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German cycling VP investigated

German Cycling Federation (BDR) vice president Udo Sprenger is being investigated by prosecutors after an anonymous person accused him of aiding riders in illegal doping in a June broadcast. The unidentified accuser's identity was disguised on the broadcast, and the person has not been identified.

Sprenger filed a complaint with German authorities about the allegations which were broadcast on June 25 on ARD television. The accuser said that Sprenger ran an illegal fund to help riders on the Team Nürnberger team purchase banned substances during his time as directeur sportif of the squad. Sprenger ran the team from 1998 to 2002.

According to the Associated Press, Sprenger said that "It's routine that the investigation against me has been launched, because of the public nature of the accusations."

The investigation is made all the more urgent considering the fervent antidoping climate in Germany and the fact that Sprenger's role in the BDR is to assemble the team which will contest the World Championships in Stuttgart.

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