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Rominger and Zberg let off the hook

Markus Zberg has been spared a doping inquiry in Switzerland. Keystone / Alessandro della Valle

Swiss riders, Beat Zberg and Tony Rominger, are no longer facing an inquiry over doping allegations. A special panel of the Swiss Cyclist Association decided there is not enough evidence to open a formal investigation.

Throwing out the case, the Cyclist Association said that it would reconsider launching an inquiry, if new evidence emerges.

The association was responding to evidence received from the Italian authorities and the Italian Olympic Committee.

The documents relate to an inquiry underway in Italy, which found that blood samples of Zberg and Rominger, taken five years ago, were abnormal. Four other non-Italian riders have also been implicated.

Zberg could risk a temporary suspension if he’s found guilty of breaching doping regulations.

Rominger, who has retired as a professional rider, could face a fine. He’s now a senior member of the organising committee of the Tour de Suisse race.

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