Bernhard Kohl helps jail ex-manager

Austrian court convicts Matschiner of supplying drugs

by Mark Appleton   October 12, 2010  

Syringe

Bernhard Kohl, the 2008 Tour de France King of the Mountains winner has provided testimony to help jail his former manager, Stefan Matschiner, for doping offences.

Matschiner was convicted at a criminal court in Vienna yesterday of providing Kohl and other pro cyclists and athletes with EPO, testosterone, insulin and growth hormones between 2005 and 2008.

Matschiner, 35, had claimed he had stopped supplying the athletes before mid-2008 when the activity was criminalised in Austria, carrying a jail sentence of up to five years. Kohl testified that his former manager continued to supply him with drugs until September 2008, after it had become a criminal offence to do so.

The court gave Matschiner a 15-month prison sentence, 14 months of which were suspended.

Bernhard Kohl finished third in the 2008 Tour but later admitted to his doping activities before retiring from the sport.
 

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
12th October 2010 - 10:32

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They could've given him a five year sentence but instead gave him fifteen months, FOURTEEN of which were suspended. So he'll spend a month (probably less) in jail. So the punishment is where exactly? Angry

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
12th October 2010 - 10:55

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I think a bit of perspective is required. The man is hardly a threat to society as a whole. As cyclists, and cycling fans we take a dim view on doping.

But to suggest the man deserves five years in prison for giving cyclists the drugs they ask for is a bit excessive.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
12th October 2010 - 11:39

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I wonder if he'll get the same treatment on the prison barbecue as the unnamed Aussie cyclist suggested might be awaiting a certain Spanish former team manager?

Page 47 if you're interested...

http://www.newcyclingpathway.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/21-NOW-FINAL...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7940 posts]
12th October 2010 - 12:16

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I prefer this to the usual omerta amongst doping cyclists where they keep quiet about who supplied them.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1333 posts]
12th October 2010 - 12:18

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italiafirenze wrote:
But to suggest the man deserves five years in prison for giving cyclists the drugs they ask for is a bit excessive.

Agreed. But is effectively a one month sentence enough of a deterrent to others?

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
12th October 2010 - 13:58

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I'm looking forward to reading his book.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
13th October 2010 - 10:29

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