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Drug pedaller gets epic ban

An Austrian mountainbiker has been banned for eight years for doping infringements -- the longest drug-related suspension ever for an athlete in Austria.

A former national cross-country cycling champion, 33-year-old Robert Kircher was found guilty of ordering, possessing and selling illegal performance-enhancing products in March 2009. Austria's anti-doping agency NADA did not specify the drugs.


According to NADA, Kircher initially admitted in a police hearing that he sold doping to other athletes, but later withdrew his confession.

Local newspaper Kleine Zeitung reported that Kircher plans to appeal the ban.