Sinkewitz to appeal ban

German fighting for his career.

Disgraced German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz intends to appeal a one-year ban for testing positive for testosterone, the German cycling federation (BDR) said on Friday.   

Sinkewitz crashed out of the Tour de France in 2007 through injury and days later it was revealed he had tested positive for the banned male sex hormone from a test taken in June.   

In November the BDR's disciplinary commission banned Sinkewitz, formerly of T-Mobile, for the reduced sentence of a year because of his help in a tell-all confession about doping methods.   

Since he was banned by former team T-Mobile as soon as his positive test was announced, on July 17, 2007, his ban is set to end on July 17, 2008. He was also ordered to pay a 40,000 euro fine. 

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008

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