French doctor sentenced to year of house arrest for inciting doping and illegally practicing medicine

Bernard Sainz will wear an electronic tag for the next year, and is prohibited from practicing within the health and sport field

Bernard Sainz
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A court sentenced Bernard Sainz, nicknamed 'Dr Mabuse', to a year of house arrest on Monday 17 January, after finding him guilty of the illegal practice of medicine and incitement to doping. 

Ineligible for a suspended sentence due to having two prior convictions related to the violation of anti-doping laws in both professional and amateur cycling, the 78-year-old must now wear an electronic tag for the next year. He is also unable to practice within the health and sport during that time. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.