Patrik Sinkewitz (born 20 October 1980) is a German professional road racing cyclist, who is currently suspended from the sport until 2024 for doping and ineligibility offences. He was a climbing specialist who can ride well over a stage race, as in winning the 2004 nine-stage Deutschland Tour. He also rode well in one-day races such as Liège–Bastogne–Liège, where he finished in the top 10 in 2006. He did not perform well in his first major tour, finishing 59th in the 2005 Tour de France. The following year he finished 23rd and had good stage results. In February 2014 he was banned from competition for 8 years for a second anti-doping rule violation, having tested positive for testosterone in 2007 and recombinant human growth hormone in 2011.
Sinkewitz in 2006
|Full name||Patrik Sinkewitz|
|Born||20 October 1980|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
|Deutschland Tour (2004)|
Rund um den Henninger Turm (2007)
Born in Fulda, Sinkewitz started his amateur career with Mapei–Quick-Step and turned professional in 2003 with Quick-Step–Davitamon. Following 2005 he moved to T-Mobile Team where he had a good early season. He came fourth in the Vuelta al País Vasco and twice finished stages in the first five. Then he finished fifth in the Amstel Gold Race, fifth in the Flèche Wallonne and fourth in Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Sinkewitz did not start stage nine of the 2007 Tour de France after colliding with a spectator the previous day.
On 18 July 2007, his blood tested positive for testosterone and he was suspended by his team. On 31 July 2007, Sinkewitz was fired by T-Mobile after he declined to have his "B" or second blood sample tested. He admitted using Testogel, a testosterone ointment. On 3 November, he admitted using EPO and blood transfusions.
On 18 March 2011 the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that Sinkewitz had tested positive for recombinant Human Growth Hormone in a blood sample taken during the GP di Lugano earlier in the year. He was provisionally suspended by the UCI, and a B-sample was analysed a month later, also testing positive for HGH.
Sinkewitz appealed to the German Institution of Arbitration which ruled that the calculation of the sample analysis was "not sufficiently documented and therefore the ADRV [Anti-Doping Rule Violation] not validly proven," thus clearing Sinkewitz of the ADRV and allowing him to apply for a new license. The German anti-doping agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who in February 2014 found Sinkewitz "guilty of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the form of the presence of recombinant hGH in his body specimen", banning him for 8 years, imposing a €38,500 fine, and disqualifying all his results from the 2011 GP di Lugano. Later confirmed in the evidence of the USADA report in 2012, as well as by University of Freiburg doctors, to have done blood transfusions during the 2006 Tour de France alongside some of his teammates on the T-Mobile Team.
- 1st GP Winterthur
- 1st Overall Deutschland Tour
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Japan Cup
- 2nd Overall 3-Länder-Tour
- 1st Stage 1
- 1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
- 1st Overall Sachsen-Tour
- 1st Stage 3
- 8th Overall Tour of Portugal
- 1st Stage 4
- 1st Giro di Romagna
- 1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
- 1st Mountains classification Tour de Slovaquie
- 2nd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 3rd Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
- 1st Stage 2
- 3rd Overall Tour of Slovenia
- 3rd Raiffeisen Grand Prix
- 4th Banja Luka–Beograd II
- 6th Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
- 2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
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- The San Francisco Chronicle https://web.archive.org/web/20081010211752/http://cdn.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=%2Fn%2Fa%2F2007%2F07%2F15%2Fsports%2Fs090713D45.DTL&type=printable. Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Missing or empty
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- "Sinkewitz legt zich neer bij schorsing". sporza.be (in Dutch). 7 March 2008. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- "Patrik Sinkewitz 2009 bei Team Wirlpool !" (in German). 15 November 2008. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- "Press release : Patrik Sinkewitz provisionally suspended". UCI. 18 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
- "CAS decision" (PDF). CAS. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.