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German sprinter Danilo Hondo's hopes that his appeal against his one-year doping ban would be overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport have been dashed after the CAS ruled that he was guilty of doping at the Tour of Murcia in March 2005.
The CAS came down on the side of the appeal made by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union that Hondo's ban should be increased to two years. Hondo was banned for just one year by the Swiss federation which holds his licence after he tested positive for the stimulant carphedon. A ban of a second year was suspended.
Hondo will now be suspended for two years from April 1, 2005 and will automatically be prevented from riding for a ProTour team for another two years beyond that. This could effectively end the 31 year old's career at the highest level.
Testing of samples undertaken at Madrid's anti-doping lab revealed two positive tests by Hondo for carphedon, which offers a similar stimulant effect to amphetamines.
The CAS statement said: "The results of the analysis could not be called into question. Accordingly, the presence of carphedon in the urine of Danilo Hondo was clearly established."
The German, who was fired earlier this year by the Gerolsteiner team, denied knowingly taking the stimulant, and blamed his positive test on a contaminated water bottle.