Bernard Kohl is climbing a new mountain: bike shop owner.
The 27 year old Kohl is moving on, having retired from the pro ranks in the wake of his 2 year suspension for doping during the 2008 Tour de France.
Kohl will be devoting himself full time to the bike shop venture “I will be in the store 12 hours a day,” he told the Österreichnewspaper. “We will offer a unique atmosphere, which has never before been seen in Austria.” And that’s the scary tip off, right there.
Unique atmosphere? Bikes in the front room, pharmaceuticals in the back room. We can see the special promotion now: Free centrifuge with every bike over 3000 euros.
Names for the new bike store that he apparently did not consider were the following: CERA Cycles, The Disgraced Cyclist, Pariah Bikes, Bad Bernard’s Bicycles and BK (the bike store and fast food burger joint.)
But seriously, we wish Bernard Kohl well. At least he had the honesty to admit his mistakes– which is way more than you can say for most riders nailed for doping. They never stop insisting their A & B sample was mishandled and that a conspiracy is the only explanation.
If we’re ever in Vienna we’ll stop in Kohl’s shop and pick up some arm warmers.