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Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has testified to cheating during an investigation into blood doping that brought down five skiers at the Nordic skiing world championships.

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Preidler, who rides for French elite team Groupama-FDJ said he could not ‘live with this secret any longer’ after skiers from Austria, Kazakhstan and Estonia were arrested last Wednesday in anti-doping raids in the Austrian resort of Seefeld.

The FDJ-Groupama team confirmed they would issue a statement later on Monday.

The raids were a part of a broader operation targeting a Germany-based criminal organization suspected of having carried out blood doping for years.

“I made a doping confession (to the police),” the 28-year-old Preidler, a triple time-trial national champion, said.

Preidler, however, said that some of his best results, such as a third-place finish in a Giro d’Italia mountain stage in 2016, had been achieved clean.

By Kayode Oniwinde

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