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Lotz facing prison

Belgian Marc Lotz faces up to six months in prison and a 17,000 euro fine for possessing and trading in anabolic steroids. At a hearing last week, the former Quick Step rider admitted to owning the EPO (Erythropoietin) that was found in his home and asked that the punishment be delayed. The judge will issue the sentence on October 3.

Lotz resigned from Quick Step in June 2005 after admitting the use of EPO. He was suspended for two years by the Belgian cycling federation.

During his suspension, Lotz worked as a math teacher. He tried to return to professional cycling when his suspension ended, but was unable to get a contract and returned to teaching.

"I find that I have paid enough already, also on the financial side," he told the court, according to Belga. (SW)

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