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Cyclist receives 8-year ban for 2nd doping offense

Updated: October 21, 2011, 14:29

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says cyclist Joseph Papp has accepted an eight-year ban for his second doping offense.

The 36-year-old Papp received a reduced penalty Friday for helping anti-doping authorities. Papp was a USADA witness in the 2007 arbitration case that eventually stripped Floyd Landis of his Tour de France title.

Papp was one of the key figures in a case stemming from an investigation into EPO and human-growth hormone trafficking from China, involving nearly 200 athletes in 2006 and 2007.

Papp, of Bethel Park, Pa., last year pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sell performance-enhancing drugs over the Internet.

He also tested positive for a banned substance in May 2006.

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