Joe Papp Accepts 8-Year Doping Ban

Cyclists admits role in drug distribution ring

Cyclist Joe Papp

Cyclist Joe Papp     Photo: Ciclismoaldia/Wikipedia

Joe Papp, the disgraced former cyclist who was found guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2006, on Friday accepted an eight-year suspension from cycling for his admitted role in a multinational drug distribution network. Papp told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he had purchased drugs from a Chinese distributor and supplied them to dozens of professional athletes. In September, he said that he had sold drugs to the husband of champion French cyclist Jeannie Longo. Papp is awaiting sentencing in a parallel prosecution brought by the U.S. attorney's office. He is believed to be cooperating with investigators in that case, too.

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