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Puerto-connected cyclist Jaksche banned for one year

VIENNA, Austria -- German cyclist Joerg Jaksche, the first
rider to admit using blood doping prepared by a Spanish doctor in
the Operation Puerto scandal, was banned for one year Wednesday by
the Austrian cycling federation.

The ban will last until July 2, 2008, said Gernot Schaar, the
chairman of the federation's anti-doping committee.

Just before the start of this year's Tour de France, Jaksche
admitted he had used performance-enhancers since 1997, and blood
doping prepared by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes since 2005. He
has said he hoped his confession would reduce any suspension he
might face.

Jaksche was suspended by his team -- Tinkoff Credit Systems -- in
May.

The 30-year-old rider lives in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and
therefore rides with an Austrian license.

He said he would make himself available as a witness to the
World Anti-Doping Agency, the UCI and to justice officials.