Schumacher given worldwide ban by UCI

Stefan Schumacher stage 20 tour de france 2008

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling's worldwide governing body, has today announced its decision to serve a global racing ban on German rider Stefan Schumacher.

Schumacher tested positive for banned blood booster CERA, a new form of EPO, at the 2008 Tour de France, during which he won both individual time trial stages and had a spell in the yellow leader's jersey.

When news of the positive broke, Schumacher was promptly ejected from the German Gerolsteiner team and was later banned from competing in France for two years. The UCI has now ruled that Schumacher's ban is to include the rest of the world.

Schumacher has never openly admitted using CERA, and has vowed to fight this latest move by the UCI. Back in December, Schumacher aired his intention to sue the French Anti-Doping Agency for defamation.


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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.