Austrian Cyclist Stefan Denifl Sentenced to 2 years in Prison

Vienna, Jan 12 (AFP/APP): Austrian cyclist Stefan Denifl was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for his part in the international Aderlass doping ring which was uncovered in 2019.

Andreas Stutter, vice-president of Innsbruck regional court, confirmed the sentence for “aggravated sports fraud” to AFP.

He said that both defense and prosecutors would have three days to appeal the verdict. Sixteen months of the sentence will be suspended.

Denifl, 33, had admitted doping in previous court hearings in February 2020 but denied the charges of fraud, insisting he had fulfilled all his contracts.

However, the court found that he had effectively defrauded his team through his use of doping tactics. As well as the prison sentence he was handed a fine of 349,000 euros ($424,000).

In 2019 Austria’s anti-doping agency banned Denifl from competing for four years after his role in the Aderlass ring came to light.

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