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by Neal Rogers
April 12, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wellens solos to victory at Brabantse Pijl, dedicates victory to Michael Goolaerts; Bastianelli wins first edition of women’s Brabantse Pijl; Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash; Rémy Di Gregorio provisionally suspended for EPO; Five-time Flèche champion Valverde: ‘If I’m in the lead with 200 metres to go, it’s hard to beat me’; 100% launches Speedcraft Air to control nasal dilation; RockShox’s new TwistLoc brings remote lockout control to the grip; Fox boosts travel in its cross country platform with 34 Step-Cast 120mm fork.
Frenchman Rémy Di Gregorio has been provisionally suspended by the UCI pending confirmation of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of darbepoetin (dEPO) in a sample collected on March 8 during Paris-Nice; dEPO, a bone-marrow stimulant, is classified as “Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics” in the World Anti-Doping Prohibited List.
The UCI described the doping control as “intelligence-led,” planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI in charge of defining and implementing its anti-doping strategy, in collaboration with the Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFLD) and the Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique (OCLAESP).
Racing primarily in France in 2018, Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) had already won the mountains jersey at Etoile de Bessèges and won Stage 2 of Tour Cycliste International La Provence. He finished third on Stage 3 of Paris-Nice, and was tested two days later. He has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, he has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.
Professional since 2005, Di Gregorio’s name was attached to a doping scandal in 2012, when he was swept up in an OCLAESP raid at the hotel of his former Cofidis team. Substances sized from his hotel room proved legitimate, and he was never prosecuted. He left Cofidis the following year for La Pomme Marseille, and has been with the French program ever since.