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Austria’s anti-doping agency ban Pfannberger after EPO positive Christian Pfannberger has been given a life-long ban by the Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency, after his second doping violation in March this year. The Austrian, who has consistently denied ever having doped, has indicated he will challenge the ban. Pfannberger, 30, tested positive for EPO at an out-of-competition control in March. He had previously served a two-year ban from 2004 to 2006 after testing positive for testosterone. “This is what we expected, since he has been caught twice,” Herbert Kocher, Vice President of the Austrian cycling federation (Österreichischen Radsportverband, ÖRV) told Cyclingnews. “We are a federation that fights against doping with our full force and are therefore satisfied with the results.” Pfannberger turned pro in 2002 with the German Team Nürnberger Versicherung and rode for Team Volksbank Ideal in 2003. His first violation came in 2004 when he was riding for the Czech team eD System-ZVVZ. When he returned, he rode for the Austrian team Elk Haus-Simplon (2006-2007), Barloworld (2008) and Katusha (2009). The Austrian was Military world champion in the road race in 1999, and won the Under-23 International Thüringen Rundfahrt in 2001. As a pro, he won both the Austrian national road title (2007, 2008) and the mountain title (2006). He finished 23rd in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Christian Pfannberger‘s B sample has tested positive for blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO), the Austrian national anti-doping agency announced today. He faces a hearing which could result in a lifetime ban.
Pfannberger tested positive for Erythropoietin in an out-of-competition doping control in March and he subsequently requested that the B sample also be tested.
Team Katusha suspended Pfannberger after the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced the positive result at the beginning May.
A hearing will take place within eight weeks. Pfannberger faces a competition ban ranging from a period of eight years to life, having previously served a two-year suspension after testing positive for testosterone in 2004.
Team Katusha suspended its rider Christian Pfannberger on Wednesday after learning the results of a recent doping test. Pfannberger was tested during an out of competition doping control at his home on March 19.
The team received notification of a non-negative doping test result this morning. “Pending an official response form the UCI, the team has decided to indefinitely suspend the athlete,” read a statement from the team, which is awaiting confirmation of a positive result before deciding on any further actions.
The name of the substance causing the non-negative result has not been announced.
Pfannberger’s suspension means he will not be able to ride the Giro d’Italia. The 29-year-old reigning Austrian national champion was scheduled to compete in the Italian Grand Tour along with Pavel Brutt, Nikita Eskov, Mikhail Ignatiev, Sergey Klimov, Luca Mazzanti, Evgeni Petrov, Filippo Pozzato and Ben Swift.
The team has announced on its website that Alexander Serov will replace Pfannberger on the Giro roster due to a “personal problem” of Pfannberger.
Pfannberger has previously served a doping-related suspension. While riding for the Czech Team Ed’Sysems ZVVZ, he was found to have used EPO and suspended from June 27, 2004, to June 26, 2006.