Sinkewitz testifies, but names no names

Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile)

Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile) (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Patrik Sinkewitz has had his say before the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR), the German cycling federation, and told all, but he didn't name any names. Instead, he provided "knowledge about the cycling system" and asked to be considered as a cooperative witness, in hopes of receiving a shorter suspension. Sinkewitz tested positive for testosterone during his preparations for the Tour de France.

His attorney, Michael Lehner, told the dpa agency that his client hopes for "good negotiations" for a "justifiable sentence: not more than one year suspension". A decision is expected within two weeks.

The former T-Mobile rider faces more than a suspension, though. Since he had signed the UCI's "Commitment to a new cycling", he will be expected to pay a year's salary.

Meanwhile, Bonn, Germany, prosecutors continue to investigate Sinkewitz for defrauding his former team, T-Mobile, and various race organizers. "Our possibilities go a bit further," said public prosecutor Fred Apostel.

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