UCI forbids banned rider Patrik Sinkewitz from racing in Croatia today

Meridiana-Kamen team had given its German rider race number 1 for Istrian Spring Trophy which it organises

by Simon_MacMichael   March 13, 2014  

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The UCI has forbidden  Patrik Sinkewitz, the German rider last month banned for eight years for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, from riding the Croatian race the Istrian Spring Trophy, which starts today.

Croatian team Meridiana-Kamen, which Sinkewitz joined in 2012, also organises the UCI Europe Tour race and had named Sinkewitz in its team, giving him the race number 1.

As we reported earlier today, the race organisers had told the website ProCyclingStats that neither Meridiana-Kamen nor the UCI had suspended the rider and that he was thereofre "clear to race."

But in a statement sent to road.cc this morning, a UCI spokesman confirmed that Sinkewitz would not be permitted to start today's Prologue, saying:

As Patrik Sinkewitz was suspended for eight years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following its decision of 24th February 2014 for the presence of recombinant growth hormone (recGH) in a urine sample collected on 27th February 2011 during the Grand Prix de Lugano, the rider from the UCI Continental Team Meridiana Kamen Team, was today forbidden to take the start of the Istarsko proljece – Istrian Spring Trophy, a race on the UCI Europe Tour calendar.

The length of the ban reflects that it is the second time the German has been disciplined for doping. The first came after it was revealed during the 2007 Tour de France that he had tested positive for testosterone.

T-Mobile (his then team) sacked him for refusing to have his B sample tested. Sinkewitz later admitted having used EPO and undergoing blood transfusions and said his positive test was due to a testosterone gel. He received a one-year ban in November 2007.

For a UCI Continental team - the same level that Great Britain's Rapha Condor JLT, Team Raleigh and Velosure-Giordana Racing Team - Meridiana-Kamen does have a habit of hitting worldwide headlines once a year or so thanks to its recruitment policy of signing big-name riders with a tainted past that other teams shy away from.

In June 2011, it signed Riccardo Riccò, sacked four months earlier Vacansoleil-DCM after he was hospitalised when a self-administered blood transfusion at home went wrong. The FCI, Italy's national federation, immediately suspended Riccò for the sake of his own health.

In 2012, it engaged Davide Rebellin, who had been given a two-year ban in 2009 and stripped of Olympic silver after he failed a doping control for CERA following the men’s road race at Beijing in 2008.

As road.cc user Farrell suggests in the comments below, the latest episode involving Sinkewitz smacks of a deliberate ploy based on the old adage that no publicity is bad publicity, perhaps?

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Sounds like Meridiana-Kamen need a ban too....

posted by 6654henry [56 posts]
13th March 2014 - 14:30

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6654henry wrote:
Sounds like Meridiana-Kamen need a ban too....

Agreed. Cocking a snook at the governing body? Get lost, chancers.

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posted by Gizmo_ [819 posts]
13th March 2014 - 14:41

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I'd wager most people hadn't heard of the Istrian Spring Trophy before this "event".

I'd wager that the Istrian Spring Trophy has never had as many column inches before.

I'd wager that Meridiana-Kamen are patting themselves on the back for a job well done.

posted by farrell [1400 posts]
13th March 2014 - 15:09

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farrell wrote:
I'd wager etc...

That did occur to me while I was writing this. You could probably view them signing Riccardo Riccò a couple of years ago (immediately suspended for his own health by the Italian federation) as fitting in with that pattern of publicity-seeking.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8020 posts]
13th March 2014 - 16:34

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I hope Meridiana-Kamen lose a great deal of sponsorship over this

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posted by Beefy [113 posts]
13th March 2014 - 19:16

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
farrell wrote:
I'd wager etc...

That did occur to me while I was writing this. You could probably view them signing Riccardo Riccò a couple of years ago (immediately suspended for his own health by the Italian federation) as fitting in with that pattern of publicity-seeking.

The Croatian Rock Racing perhaps?

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14th March 2014 - 12:48

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