Unconfirmed website reports have said that German cycling has received the umpteenth blow to its credibility as news broke that Stefan Schumacher has tested positive for amphetamine use in a police drug-driving test.
The Gerolsteiner rider failed a drug-driving test on October 7 when Schumacher had crashed his car into a garden post. He initially drove off before returning to the scene of the accident.
A bronze medallist in the 2007 World Championships, Classic specialist Schumacher?s result provided some consolation for the German authorities following a welter of anti-doping stories during the event themselves.
However, this latest development will do nothing but harm to professional cycling in Germany, and will not help Schumacher?s team, Gerolsteiner, find a new sponsor for 2009.
Given this is not a conventional positive anti-doping test, Schumacher will not himself be banned from racing. But the German?s reputation - already suspect following a failed doping test in 2005 (from which he was cleared) - will now be further tarnished.
?I don?t know how this could have happened,? Schumacher claimed. ?I know that?s not a good defence, but the only thing I know for sure is that I have never consciously taken banned drugs.?
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