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by Shane Stokes
August 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin; Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez fails anti-doping test; Sánchez: ‘I’m about to retire. Why would I do this?’; Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar; Woods leads Cannondale-Drapac in Vuelta a España; Team Sky announces signings of Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz; Australian sprinter Perkins granted Russian citizenship by Putin; Winder, Mannion lead USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Alberto Contador Foundation and Trek-Segafredo to set up Continental development team; Video: Cycling Motivation – Never Give Up; Video: Ferda Girls (Humble Parody)
The 2008 Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez is facing the possible end of his career after being named as failing an anti-doping test for a banned GH-Releasing Peptide. The Spaniard, who had been listed as part of the BMC Racing Team’s squad for the Vuelta a España, will now miss the start of that race while the case continues. He had previously said he was aiming for a strong showing in the event and wanted to be part of the fight for a stage win.
In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the UCI explained the circumstances. “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that Spanish rider Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of GHRP-2 in a sample collected in the scope of out-of-competition control on 9 August 2017,” it stated.
GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) are classified as ‘Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics’ as per the World Anti-Doping prohibited list, and are therefore banned. “The doping control was 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.”
It added that he has been provisionally suspended and has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. At 39 years of age, it looks likely that the recent Tour of Poland was his final competitive event.
His team has issued a statement on the matter, and said that it only learned the news today.
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