Georg Preidler

Georg Preidler (born 17 June 1990) is an Austrian cyclist, who is currently suspended from the sport after being implicated in the Operation Aderlass doping scandal.[3]

Georg Preidler
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Preidler after winning the 2011 Toscana-Terra di Ciclismo.
Personal information
Full nameGeorg Preidler
Born (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 32)
Graz, Austria
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Team information
Current teamSuspended
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
2010RC Arbö–Gourmetfein–Wels
2011Tyrol Team
2012Team Type 1–Sanofi
2013–2017Argos–Shimano
2018–2019FDJ[1][2]
Major wins
One-Day Races and Classics
National Time Trial Championships
(2015, 2017, 2018)

CareerEdit

Preidler was born in Graz, Austria. As a junior, he won the national championship title, before Preidler began his professional career in 2010 at the Austrian Continental team RC Arbö–Gourmetfein–Wels. He rode for Team Giant–Alpecin at the 2015 Tour de France,[4] finishing 87th overall.[5]

DopingEdit

In February 2019, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Preidler confessed to having his blood extracted for a possible transfusion. On 3 March, Preidler confessed to Austrian police, whilst also terminating his contract with Groupama–FDJ via email. Preidler was due to race during the previous weekend, later admitting to having his blood drawn on two occasions late in 2018. The team then contacted the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the French Anti-Doping Agency (French: Agence française de lutte contre le dopage) and the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC; English: Movement for Credible Cycling).[6][7] Preidler was handed a four-year ban on 27 June 2019.[8]

Major resultsEdit

2011
1st   Overall Toscana-Terra di Ciclismo
1st Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
7th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
2012
1st   Mountains classification Tour du Haut Var
1st   Mountains classification Tour of Austria
3rd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
8th Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
9th Flèche d'Emeraude
2013
1st   Mountains classification Étoile de Bessèges
3rd Rund um Köln
2015
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2017
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Mountains classification Vuelta a Andalucía
2018
National Road Championships
1st   Time trial
3rd Road race
6th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 6
7th Raiffeisen Grand Prix
10th Overall Route d'Occitanie

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 27 26 71 29
  Tour de France 87 56
  Vuelta a España 36 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FDJ sign Sinkeldam to bolster Demare's sprint train". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018. The French WorldTour team also confirmed the signing of experienced Grand Tour rider Georg Preidler, also from Team Sunweb.
  2. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ballinger, Alex (16 January 2020). "Georg Preidler says he became involved in blood doping 'out of pure curiosity'". Cycling Weekly. TI Media. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Overall individual time classification". www.letour.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Preidler admits to blood extraction as doping investigation widens". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Madiot expresses 'surprise' and 'enormous disappointment' at Preidler doping confession". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Denifl and Preidler handed four-year bans after blood doping confessions". cyclingnews.com. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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