Bahrain kicks Koren and Bozic after their doping penalty

The Bahraini team has suspended the two Slovenian cyclists after the UCI notified them of a two-year penalty following their involvement in Operation Aderlass.

The Bahrain-Merida team has fired Slovenian runners Kristijan Koren and Borut Bozic (already retired) after being sanctioned for two years for their involvement in Operation Aderlass against doping in Nordic skiing and also splashed numerous cyclists in the current squad. In this operation, Koren and Bozic were accused of using prohibited methods or substances between 2011 and 2012

The team has not yet made official the exit of Koren and Bozic (current team coach), who will not be able to compete until May 14, 2021, but in a statement sent to the Cyclingnews portal they admitted they will have "zero tolerance" in matters of doping.

"We received the UCI sanctions on Kristijan Koren and Borut Bozic for the infractions committed in 2011 and 2012, before joining our team. According to the zero tolerance policy of Bahrain-Merida, Koren and Bozic were suspended after the initial notification of the UCI and, as a result of this decision, its contracts automatically expired, "they point out from the Bahrain squad.

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