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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Contador domestique André Cardoso tests positive for EPO, kicked off Tour squad; Cardoso ‘devastated’ by test result, insists upon his innocence; Movistar coach says that Quintana is at his best level yet; Gilbert, Kittel and Martin give three-pronged approach to QuickStep Floors’ Tour de France team; Belgian media claims QuickStep team set to continue for four more years, Lefevere says deal not done; Moolman-Pasio leads Cervélo-Bigla lineup in Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile; Cromwell amongst ambitious Canyon/SRAM riders heading into Giro Rosa; Orica-Scott vying for overall victory in Giro Rosa; Talansky using brain stimulator to reach optimum Tour de France shape; American rider Casey Saunders dies in Tour of Kansas City crash; Mexican rider tests positive for EPO at Gran Fondo New York; Video: Cycling Motivation – “Euphoria”; Video: New Zealand’s U23 world MTB XC champion Sam Gaze; Video: Skoda Cycling – I Want to Ride My Bicycle
Manuel Serrano Plowells has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the fifth rider to test positive at the Grand Fondo New York in recent years, being nabbed for recombinant EPO in an out of competition control carried out on May 21.
The news was announced in a statement from the race on Tuesday, and confirmed that the Mexican had admitted the use of the banned drug. As a result he is disqualified from the race. On the GFNY website he was listed as finishing 258th out of 2,705 riders.
“Five positive tests in six years of testing may seem a lot for an event where the majority are amateurs,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “It’s simple though: you can’t catch cheaters if you don’t perform doping controls. And unfortunately most races still don’t test sufficiently or at all.
“We don’t allow course cutting at our races so why would we look the other way when it comes to doping? GFNY riders train hard for races. They deserve a fair competition. We owe them controls, even if the costs are well over $10,000 each year. Not testing the athletes is the worst decision that a race director can make because it forces everyone to take drugs to try to level the playing field.”
The race included doping controls in 2012 and snared age-group winners David Anthony (NYC) and Gabriele Guarini (Italy) in that first year. The first overall finisher Oscar Tovar (Colombia) tested positive in 2015, as did the third-placed woman Yamile Lugo, also of Colombia. GFNY has also tested for motors since 2015.
Click through to read more at the GFNY website.