Cycling official resigns, says anti-doping policies inadequate

Updated: August 30, 2007, 1:04 PM ET
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany -- A German cycling union official has stepped down in protest over what he called the body's inadequate anti-doping policy.

Vice president Dieter Kuehnle's resignation was triggered by the federation's decision Wednesday to include Erik Zabel, who has admitted to doping, on the German team for next month's road world championships. In May, Zabel said he had taken the blood booster EPO during the first week of the 1996 Tour de France.

Kuehnle also sharply criticized federation president Rudolf Scharping.

"I cannot honestly back the general direction taken by Scharping," Kuehnle said. "The leadership of the federation has failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation and to set a strong signal for a new beginning."

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