Klöden denies alleged Sinkewitz' charges

Andreas Klöden (Astana) at the 2007 Tour de France

Andreas Klöden (Astana) at the 2007 Tour de France (Image credit: Sirotti)

Andreas Klöden said that he was surprised at the statements that his former team-mate Patrick Sinkewitz allegedly made about him. The Astana rider noted that "I have already addressed this and have nothing more to add. But I have asked my attorneys to review the matter and take any necessary steps."

The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported over the weekend that when Sinkewitz was questioned last week, he allegedly said that both Klöden and Matthias Kessler participated in a trip to the University of Freiburg Clinic for blood doping during the Tour of France 2006.

Klöden has consistently denied any involvement in the affair. He said that he was "astonished" to see such detailed information in the press and noted that the prosecutor refused to confirm the information.

He received support from his Astana team. "Klöden convincingly assured us that he has nothing to do with this matter," team spokesman Philippe Maertens told the German press agency dpa. "So there is not reason for us to impose any kind of sanction against Andreas. At the moment there is no reason to do that, but we will keep an eye on the matter."

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