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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Stefan Denifl jailed over Operation Aderlass blood doping

Cycling Weekly posted this:

Stefan Denifl has been jailed over his involvement in the Operation Aderlass blood doping scandal.

The Austrian former pro has already been banned from the sport for blood doping between 2014 and 2018, but has now been sentenced by a criminal court for defrauding his teams by using banned methods, Tirol.orf.at reports.

Stefan Denifl

Stefan Denifl finishing stage 17 of the 2017 Vuelta.

Denifl, who previously raced for IAM Cycling and Aqua Blue Sport, has now been sentenced to two years in prison by the Innsbruck Regional Court for serious commercial fraud, with 16 months of his sentence being suspended. 

The 33-year-old rider admitted blood doping but denied the fraud charges, claiming he always fulfilled his contracts.

But the judge said that Denifl would not have been hired by his former teams if they had been aware of his doping, and he therefore would not have been paid.

He was also fined €349,000 (£311,000).

Denifl was implicated in Operation Aderlass, a police investigation into blood doping in Germany and Austria that originated in endurance skiing and eventually hit the cycling world.

You can read the entire story here.

Italian online-only seller Pinkjersey.com to open 250 US retail stores

Bike Europe sent me this:

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado - The online retailer of mainly Italian cycling products, pinkjersey.com, has announced ambitious plans to open up to 250 locally owned retail bicycle shops and service centres across the United States. The company, best known for lower cost Campagnolo groupsets, and spare parts, has developed a funding program to support the growth.

“The stores will be locally-owned, will sell Italian and European cycling products, and will be funded using a similar program to our cost-plus program for the pilot store,” explains pinkjersey.com spokesperson Natalie Cristino.

The pinkjersey.com cost-plus program (CPP) applies 10% to its landed cost-plus credit card fees and shipping, in order to arrive at an article’s selling price to enrolees. Landed cost is defined as Pink Jersey’s wholesale price from the distributor or manufacturer, plus shipping and 2.9% credit card fee.

You can read the entire story here.

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