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Kohl: Auf Wieder 2011

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Well, late 2010 at the earliest. The extra-terrestrial chimney sweep got a two-year ban from the Austrian Federation today, pending appeals if any. Only 26, he faces a choice of fighting the ban on the off-off-off chance of overturning his suspension, or some uncertain prospect of a reduced sentence through cooperation. Or he can go quietly into that good night and return in time for most of his prime years. Since he has already confessed, I would expect him to take the contrite approach and resume his career when the ban is up with no major strings attached. However, having cheated to win the polka dot jersey, his crime may be too severe to warrant any reduction in his sentence.