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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.


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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