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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Camenzind quits cycling
Oscar Camenzind
Camenzind has been fired by Phonak
Cyclist Oscar Camenzind has retired from the sport after failing a drugs test in the build-up to the Olympics.

The 1998 world champion tested positive on 22 July for the banned endurance drug erythropoietin (EPO).

Under Swiss cycling federation rules, a rider is automatically suspended if a first test shows up positive.

The positive test saw him excluded from Switzerland's Olympic team, his country have yet to name a replacement - and he was also fired from his Phonak team.

Zurich-based Phonak said in a statement that Camenzind accepted full responsibility for the incident.

"Every rider who, during racing or training, is tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, or carries such a substance with him, must count on being dismissed immediately," said Phonak team manager Urs Freuler.



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