Austrian former cyclist banned for life for selling doping

VIENNA (AP) Former cyclist Christof Kerschbaum of Austria has been banned for life for selling doping substances to other riders from 2007-09.

The Austrian Anti-Doping Legal Committee says a lifelong suspension was its only option as Kerschbaum was banned before for using EPO.

In 2011, Kerschbaum was sentenced to two months on probation by a criminal court for the same offense. He was arrested and kept in custody for 11 days for allegedly supplying EPO and other banned performance-enhancing drugs to other riders.

He became the first athlete to go on trial since selling doping products became a criminal offense in Austria two years earlier.

Kerschbaum failed to make a mark in international cycling. He last rode for Austrian team Radclub Wels, which ended the cooperation after Kerschbaum was arrested.

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