Jörg Jaksche: "I am optimistic and in pretty good form."

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09.03.2008/ The first ever crown witness for state- and sports authorities in a doping case, finally can look into the future again. Jörg Jaksche had some pleasent phone calls over the weekend. The International Cycling Union (UCI) and Jaksche's attorney, Michael Lehner told Jaksche that the UCI will respect Jaksche's one year ban and will be allowed to race for Pro - Tour teams from July 1, 2008.

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Jörg Jaksche during the 2006 Tirreno-Adriatico (© Cyclingheroes)

Jaksche told German magazine Stern today that the UCI has accepted the one year ban. Earlier the UCI said they would appeal against the verdict of the Austrian Cycling Federation. The German rider has an Austrian license as he lives in Kitzbühl (Austria).

Jaksche said: "My attorney and UCI president Pat McQuaid have informed me personally  about it." According to German magazine Stern, Jaksche said he reckons that the UCI possibly will act against doctors, manager and riders who were named by Jaksche during his interrogations.

"Uci chief Pat McQuaid called me this weekend and informed me about his decision personally. It took a load off my mind. Now this awful period finally over. I can make plans again," Jaksche said.

Jaksche said he thinks that the UCI did some rethinking: "A crown witness like myself does no longer have to pay the toll for his openness. Finally they understand that doping is like an octopus with many arms. A system which is supported by team manager, soigneurs, doctors and athletes."

The 31 year old trained five hours in Tuscany (Italy) on Sunday. Jaksche has a house in the Italian region where many riders go for training. Jaksche will look for a Pro-Tour team now, as the UCI will allow him to ride at Pro-Tour level from July 1. "I am optimistic and in pretty good form," Jaksche said.

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