Georg Preidler has informed a court docket he turned concerned in blood doping “out of pure curiosity.”
The Austrian former professional has appeared in court docket over allegations of sports activities fraud after he admitted blood doping throughout his time with Groupama-FDJ.
Preidler is accused of defrauding his workforce after blood doping and repeatedly taking development hormones from the 2017 Giro d’Italia up till he left the squad in early 2019.
The 29-year-old has admitted blood doping, however denies ever taking any efficiency enhancing substances, experiences Austrian broadcaster Radio Steiermark.
Preidler appeared earlier than a court docket in Innsbruck, Austria on Wednesday (July 15), with the case adjourned to a later date.
In the course of the listening to, he pleaded responsible to working towards blood doping in 2018, having determined to change into concerned within the banned technique on the finish of 2017 “out of pure curiosity.”
Preidler transferred from Sunweb to Groupama-FDJ for the 2018 season – then in March 2019 he give up his workforce after he admitted having blood extracted.
He was caught up within the Operation Aderlass case, initially an Austrian Federal Legal Police Workplace investigation in to blood doping in endurance snowboarding.
Raids by police in February 2019 threw up proof linking cyclists to the scandal, together with Preidler and his compatriot Stefan Denifl, who had beforehand ridden for Aqua Blue Sport.
Denifl has additionally been charged with skilled fraud and is because of stand trial on February 3.
The court docket heard that Preidler had acquired and used syringes from a “dodgy determine,” with out realizing what substance he was taking.
He denies taking banned substances and stated: “The impact was not noticeable for me, which is why I quickly misplaced curiosity.”
The court docket heard it was after utilizing these syringes he got here into contact with physician Mark S on the finish of 2017, which resulted in him beginning to blood dope.
He’s accused of great business fraud attributable to his doping, with the general public prosecutor arguing he precipitated greater than €250,000 (£213,000) of damages.
One other former bicycle owner is on trial with Preidler, accused of serving to him acquire development hormone.
Numerous cross-country skiers have already been jailed for his or her involvement within the blood doping ring.