Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.

Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe

by CyclingTips

Three riders tested positive for CERA at the Tour de Guadeloupe, a UCI 2.2 stage race on the Caribbean island from July 29 – August 7, 2016. Colombians José Flober Peña Peña (US Lamentinois), Giovanni Baez Alvarez (US Lamentinois), and José Daniel Bernal Garcia (Silver Ray) all tested positive for the EPO drug.

As a French overseas territory the French National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Commission of the French Cycling Federation (FFC) is the governing body. It gave all three riders four-year bans. The riders each accepted the sanction and said they will not appeal.

Peña, 43, won the fourth stage of the race in 2016 but will lose that result as part of the sanction. Peña Peña and Bernal, 43, have eight victories and seven podiums between them at the Tour de Guadeloupe. The pair have been racing on the island since the 1990s with Bernal winning his first race in 1995.

With Baez Alvarez aged 36 the length of the sanction could effectively end all their careers.

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