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Eight positive in Colombia; Porte saves Gerrans’ career: Daily News Digest
The UCI has announced that no less than eight riders tested positive for banned substances during this year’s Vuelta a Colombia.
The news comes less than a week after RCN Radio and Ciclo 21 said that Colombian national under 23 champion Róbinson Fabián López Rivera (Boyacá Es Para Vivirla) had traces of the EPO-related product CERA in a sample taken during the race. Tuesday’s announcement by the UCI confirms this, and states that six others also tested positive for the same substance.
Those riders are Luis Alberto Largo Quintero (Sogamoso-argos-cooservicios-idrs), Jonathan Felipe Paredes Hernandez and Fabio Nelson Montenegro Forero (both Ebsa – Indeportes Boyaca), Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (EPM), Luis Fernando Camargo Flechas (Supergiros) and Oscar Soliz Vilca (Movistar club team). Like López, all were snared from blood samples taken on August 1 and 2.
An eighth rider, Juan Carlos Cadena Sastoque (Depormundo-m Bosa-ramguiflex), provided a urine sample on August 11. This has shown traces of of 19-noretiocholanolone and 19-norandrosterone, both classified as anabolic androgenic steroids by WADA. All bar the Bolivian Soliz Vilca are Colombian.
“These intelligence-led doping controls were planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling,” said the UCI in its statement.
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