Lawyers for Klöden hit back at doping allegations

German denies he had blood transfusions at Telekom/T-Mobile

Lawyers for top German cyclist Andreas Klöden on Friday spoke out to reject claims that the former Tour de France runner-up was involved in doping with his former team, T-Mobile.

Experts who spent two years investigating the procedures of two Freiburg University Clinic doctors who worked for T-Mobile (formerly Deutsche Telekom) alleged Wednesday that Klöden doped during the 2006 Tour de France.

Klöden is quoted in the 63-page report, which claimed doping was systematic in T-Mobile between 1995 and 2006 and the drugs were administered by doctors Lothar Heinrich and Andreas Schmid.

However, lawyers representing the German, who currently rides for the Astana team of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, said the experts have yet to show any real proof that Klöden was a drugs cheat.

"No one has yet been able to show that our client (Klöden) resorted to doping with these drugs," the lawyers, Andre Grosse Vorholt and Marcus Hotze, said in a statement published on the internet. "We do not understand how a 'panel of experts', following a supposed in-depth analysis of the elements in its possession, can make such ambiguous claims."

Both doctors were sacked by Freiburg University in 2007 after admitting having helped administer doping products and an investigation was launched into their conduct.

"As well as Patrik Sinkewitz, at least two other riders received blood transfusions with the doctors help: the riders are Matthias Kessler and Andreas Klöden," said the report.

Sinkewitz was given a two-year suspension from cycling for doping in 2007 and suspended for two years, while Kessler was also hit with a two-year ban in early 2008 for doping.

Klöden has never failed a doping test.

© AFP 2009

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