Operation Aderlass investigators discover new doping product

Anti-doping blood test Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analysis Neil Robinson shows a blood sample in Epalinges near Lausanne on February 25 2009 The International Cycling Union UCI promised weeks ago the first sanctions related to the biological passport but to want to make its new anti doping weapon 100 per cent reliable before the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINIAFP via Getty Images
A blood sample is tested at the Lausanne Laboratory (Image credit: Getty Images)

German and Austrian police in charge of the Operation Aderlass anti-doping investigation have uncovered a new doping product, a synthetic blood substitute reportedly already used in the peloton despite not being available on the market.

The product, which has an effect on performance similar to that of EPO, is called 'H7379 Haemoglobin Human', and is a synthetic, powdered form of haemoglobin – the oxygen-transporting metalloprotein which makes up 95 per cent of human red blood cells.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix