Bernard Sainz appeal date set

Administered doping products to cyclists

A photo of Bernard Sainz, taken in 1971

Frenchman Bernard Sainz has been told he will have to wait until April 2009 before an appeal against a custodial sentence for providing banned substances to cyclists will be heard in court.

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Sainz, known ominously in the cycling peloton as ‘Doctor Mabuse’ (after the character created by writer Norbert Jacques), is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence after being found guilty of administering doping products and working illegally as a doctor.

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The court of appeal which is to hear his plea for a lighter sentence have set his hearing date for April 9, 2009.