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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
The UCI has announced that Italian rider Giampaolo Caruso has been handed a two year suspension due to a previous positive test for EPO. Somewhat bizarrely, the positive test was first announced in on August 18 2015, with the UCI stating then that a reanalysis of an earlier out of competition test from March 27 2012 had revealed the presence of the banned substance. He was provisionally suspended then.
Caruso was racing for Katusha at the time. Friday’s announcement didn’t address the near two-year gap between the announcement of the positive test and the confirmation of the sanction he will face. There has not been a response thus far to an email seeking clarification from the UCI.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving Giampaolo Caruso,” it said on Friday. “The matter resulted from the reanalysis of a sample provided by Giampaolo Caruso in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 27 March 2012, which revealed the presence of Erythropoietin. The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation and imposed a 2-year period of ineligibility on the rider.”
The UCI stated that the retest was done under its Storage and Reanalysis Strategy, which follows the WADA Anti-Doping Code and the UCI anti-doping rules in allowing for the retesting of samples for up to ten years.
Caruso is 36 years of age and has not competed since the 2015 Tour de France. He won the 2014 Milan-Turin race and was fourth in that year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.