Schumacher has amphetamine in blood during drunken driving arrest
The 26-year-old Gerolsteiner rider was pulled over by police in Stuttgart on October 7, six days after he won a road race bronze medal at the cycling world championships.Updated: Jan 08, 2008 18:43 IST
German cyclist Stefan Schumacher had amphetamines in his blood when stopped for drunken driving last year, police said on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Gerolsteiner rider was pulled over by police in Stuttgart on October 7, six days after he won a road race bronze medal at the cycling world championships. His license was revoked for 10 months and he was fined euro10,000 ($14,500).
The German cycling federation is now trying to determine if police discovering amphetamines in Schumacher's system instead of sports authorities constitutes a doping violation in sport. "Our lawyers are looking at the case _ this won't be swept under the rug," the federation said in a statement.
Amphetamine use has been banned by world cycling authorities since 1967.
The German athletics federation said the incident would be considered doping under their rules, while a judge for the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it depended on the cycling federation's regulations.
"Theoretically, that's possible (a doping violation) if the federation has an appropriate rule in its books," said Dirk-Reiner Marten.
Gerolsteiner team boss Hans-Michael Holczer said its lawyer had advised this was legally "a private matter." No action, therefore, will be taken against Schumacher, regarded as one of Germany's top young cyclists since winning April's Amstel Gold Race. Schumacher's lawyer said the police findings may be contested. "This doesn't have anything to do with doping. He celebrated his world championships success with friends in a Stuttgart disco," Michael Lehner said. "A minimum trace of amphetamines were found, just above the limit. It's not clear how the amphetamine got into his body."