The National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) has banned former professional cyclist Björn Thurau for nine years and six months "for several violations of anti-doping regulations".

The organization announced this on Thursday.

Anti-doping rule violations between 2010 and 2014 include, but are not limited to, “use or attempted use of prohibited substances and prohibited methods”, “possession of prohibited substances or prohibited methods”, and “placing or attempting to market prohibited substances or prohibited methods ”.

All of Björn Thurau's competition results between December 21, 2010 and March 9, 2021 should be canceled, which means that medals, points and prizes will also be withdrawn. In February, Nada began investigations against the former professional cyclist. The 33-year-old's suspension begins on the day of the decision, which, according to Nada, was made on August 19. The voluntarily recognized six months since the provisional suspension on March 9th should therefore be taken into account.

Thurau, the son of the former cycling star Dietrich Thurau, ended his active career at the end of 2019.

He hadn't made the big breakthrough.

One of the greatest successes was winning the mountain jersey at the Tour de Suisse 2014. His father Didi Thurau, who wore the yellow jersey for 15 days at the Tour de France in 1977 and was athlete of the year, had tested positive several times and later admitted doping .

There will be no arbitration proceedings before the German Sports Arbitration Court or the International Sports Court (CAS).

Thurau has not applied for disciplinary proceedings.

He also did not appeal against NADA's decision.

Thurau could not be reached for a comment at first.

He was noticed in the context of "Operation Aderlass" and in the criminal proceedings against the doctor Mark S.

Among other things, he was charged with police questioning of the cyclist Pirmin Lang in Switzerland.

According to its own statements, Nada received information from Antidoping Switzerland and the Munich public prosecutor's office "regarding several doping-relevant issues of the athlete in a period from 2011 to 2014, which is not statute-barred under sports law".

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