Sacked Gerolsteiner sprinter Danilo Hondo will have to wait a fortnight to hear whether his appeal a
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Former Gerolsteiner sprinter Danilo Hondo will find out in a fortnight whether his appeal against a one-year doping ban has been successful. Hondo’s lawyer, Michael Lehner said he was “very confident” that the ban imposed after the German rider tested positive for the stimulant Carphedon would be overturned.
Lehner was speaking after an eight-hour hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport during which Hondo’s case was expressed. Carphedon is used to treat amnesia, but can also be used to increase stamina and resist the cold. Hondo tested positive for the product twice at the Tour of Murcia in March, a race that was hit by unseasonably cold weather and where the German won two stages.
“We just have to wait a little longer. But I’m very confident,” said Lehner after the hearing in Lausanne. Hondo has maintained his innocence and has claimed that a poorly cleaned bottle could have caused his positive tests.
As well as Hondo’s appeal against the ban, which led to his sacking by Gerolsteiner, the CAS has also heard from the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency, who both want the ban on the German increased from one year.