The Austrian cyclist Christian Pfannberger has been given a lifetime suspension by the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The thirty year old Pfannberger was previously suspended from 2004 to 2006 for testosterone use. In March this year he tested positive for EPO in an out of competition test and you will not be surprised that he denied the allegation.
The news became known just before the start of the Tour of Italy where he was to lead the Katusha squad. The team immediately pulled Pfannberger from the Giro and he was provisionally suspended. In late June his second sample was confirmed as also positive.
The Austrian turned professional in 2002 and in both 2007 and 2008 was champion of his country. His best spell was in the spring of 2008, with a 6th place in the Amstel Gold Race, a 9th place in the Fleche Wallone and a 5th place in Liege-Bastogne-Liège. That year he was 8th at the Worlds in Varese.