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by Shane Stokes
November 24, 2017
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One of Colombian cycling’s best young riders is facing the possible end of his career after a positive test for the third-generation EPO product CERA. Boyacá Es Para Vivirla team rider Róbinson Fabián López Rivera was tested during the recent Vuelta a Colombia, where he finished 14th overall and was best under 23 rider.
According to RCN Radio and Ciclo 21, the test result came back with traces of CERA, a product which first surfaced in 2007 and saw a number of riders nailed for it during that year’s Tour de France.
López’s is the national under 23 champion and was considered a big talent. However he is facing a likely four year ban, something which will end his plan to compete with the Italian Uniero team in 2018.
According to López, he was tricked. “It was all part of a deception that was done to me,” he told Ciclo 21. “A person advised me, but he did it very badly, and apparently gave me some vitamins which I consumed without knowing what I was getting into. I did not know that these supposed vitamins were a forbidden substance, it was not my intention to consume something forbidden.
“Today my career is marred by this situation because, as I said, I was the victim of a deception.” He said that he took the vitamins before the Vuelta a Colombia, and that he is willing to provide information to the UCI in order to reduce his sanction. He said that Nairo Quintana’s Boyacá Es Para Vivirla team was nothing to do with the case. “Neither my colleagues, nor trainers nor Nairo knew. They have only given me all their support since I came to the team. I just want to apologize.”
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