Stefan Schumacher receives two-year French ban

German won both '08 Tour time trials

German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was suspended from racing in France for two years for failing a Tour de France dope test in 2008, his lawyer said on Thursday.

The decision was taken by French anti-doping agency AFLD, said Michael Lehner.

Schumacher said he would fight the ban.

"All I want is a fair hearing so that I can prove my innocence," said Schumacher who won both time trial stages of the 2008 Tour de France.

He tested positive for banned blood booster EPO Cera.

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