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by Shane Stokes
April 17, 2018
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Tour de France mountains jersey winner Warren Barguil has given his opinion on the EPO positive of compatriot Remi Di Gregorio, saying that he should be prosecuted.
Last week news emerged that Di Gregorio had been provisionally suspended by the UCI following a positive A sample for darbepoetin (dEPO) in a sample collected on March 8 during Paris-Nice. The test was taken two days after he finished third on stage three of Paris-Nice and was, according to the UCI, ‘intelligence-led.’ This suggests there were suspicions about Di Gregorio.
Bargiul was interviewed by the programme Bistrot Vélo, and said he had concerns about Di Gregorio’s Delko Marseille Provence KTM squad. “I’m worried about the future of the team,” he said, according to Cyclism’Actu.
“He got caught, too bad for him, he played and he lost. It’s for his friends that I’m worried. They’re going to be facing the general public. What are the sponsors going to do? Are they going to leave, are they going to stay?”
He points out that Di Gregorio’s actions could affect many people. “These are things that jeopardize a company, there are people who can find themselves out of work overnight. He will be suspended by the UCI but for me he should be punished criminally. I think that would change a lot too.”