Schumacher's career is over, says German cycling boss

Life ban almost certain

The career of German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, who tested positive for EPO Cera at both last year's Tour de France and Olympic Games, is finished, German cycling boss Rudolf Scharping said on Friday.

"I believe that he will never cycle competitively again," said Scharping, the president of the German Cycling Federation (BRD) at the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop race here.

"His case has self-destroying consequences. There will be a complaint against him, we will look at the possible damages and then finally, he will be banned by the Federation."

Schumacher, 27, is one of six athletes who the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday had tested positive for banned-blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) CERA in Beijing after samples were re-tested.

Having already tested positive twice for EPO CERA at the 2008 Tour de France, where he won two stages, Schumacher received a two-year ban from the UCI, the sport's governing body, in February this year.

The German denies having ever doped and on April 1 took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

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