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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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The UCI is yet to confirm it, but Samuel Sanchez’s career appears to be over following reports that an analysis of his B sample has backed up the initial positive test for a banned GH-Releasing Peptide. In August the UCI announced that the 2008 Olympic road race champion had failed an out of competition test taken on August 9 of this year, with traces of GHRP-2 being found. He was provisionally suspended pending the testing of the B-sample.
Now, according to Marca, the analysis of that sample has confirmed the original result. It said that his lawyers received notification of that more than ten days ago, and are continuing to work on the case. Sanchez had been due to ride the Vuelta a España for the final time, saying that he was aiming for a strong showing in the event and wanted to be part of the fight for a stage win.
However his provisional suspension meant he was dropped from the BMC Racing Team lineup for the race. Somewhat predictably, he denied doping when the news emerged in August. “I’m 39 years old, I did 19 years as a professional and I’m about to retire. Why should I do this?” he told the EFE agency. “It has been a total surprise. I cannot believe it.”
Sanchez turned pro in 2000 with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team and competed there for over a decade. He moved to the BMC Racing Team prior to the start of the 2013 season and has been with that team ever since. His career results include that Olympic road race success, second overall in the 2010 Tour de France, five stage wins in the Vuelta a España plus overall wins in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and the Vuelta a Burgos.
He looks set for a lengthy ban and, considering his age, it seems unlikely he will race professionally again.