Denifl, sentenced to two years in jail for doping fraud

The 33-year-old Austrian acknowledged that he resorted to blood doping between 2014 and 2018 after his involvement in Operation Aderlass was discovered.


Stefan Denifl, a former Austrian professional runner, was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison by the Innsbruck Regional Court (Austria) for sports fraud after confessing to doping during his career. He will serve 16 months of probation and probation. The sentence comes after proving his link with Operation Aderlass and Denifl himself acknowledging in 2020 having resorted to blood transfusions from 2014 to 2018.

The Prosecutor's Office requested ten years in prison for him because he added financial fraud to the accusation, since he considered that he obtained a significant part of his earnings, valued at around half a million euros, thanks to the use of prohibited substances and methods. During the initial trial hearing, Denifl assumed that he enlisted the services of German physician Mark Schmidt to improve his performance. The International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned him for four years and withdrew the 2017 Vuelta a Austria and the Los Machucos de la Vuelta stage of that year.

Schmidt, arrested in 2019 in a raid at the Austrian Cross-Country Ski World Championships, confirmed that he had doped more than a hundred runners and athletes. His case is investigated in a court in Munich (Germany). The skier Max Hauke was caught in full transfusion by the agents in charge of the operation. Georg Preidler also received a four-year suspension from the UCI and a suspended 12-month prison sentence from the Innsbruck Court. In his testimony he hinted that Tom Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic belonged to the same plot.

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