September 21, 2007 (Berlin, Germany) – German cyclist, JÃ¶rg Jaksche (Tinkoff), hopes to receive a commutation of his one-year suspension for doping according to AFP. This would be in recognition that he was the first cyclist to have publicly admitted his involvement in the Operacion Puerto doping scandal centering around Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. Jaksche, 31, made his confessions in a Der Spiegel interview in June, 2007.
Jaksche noted comments made recently by that World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President, Dick Pound, about sanction reductions for those athletes admitting to doping. He also declared that if appeals for cyclists to publicly admit to doping are serious, that he should be given a chance.
Although a German citizen, Jaksche resides in Austria, and was handed a one-year suspension by the Austrian cycling federation which expires in
Jaksche, who began riding professionally in 1997, won the 2004 Paris-Nice and the Tour Mediterranean. He also finished 16th at the 2005 TdF, but was among nine cyclists suspended from the 2006 TdF because suspicion of his involvement in the Puerto Affair. His teams since 1997 include: Polti (1997-1998), Team Telekom (1998-2000), ONCE (2001-2003), CSC (2004), Liberty Seguros-WÃ¼rth/Astana (2005-2006) and Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2007.