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by Shane Stokes
January 10, 2018
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The UCI has announced the final outcome of the disciplinary proceedings carried out on the German rider Ralf Matzka and the Brazilian Kleber Da Silva Ramos, with both riders receiving suspensions.
Last July Matzka’s 2016 positive test became public, with confirmation from Bora-hansgrohe that its former rider he had tested positive for small quantities of Tamoxifen. This is an anti-estrogenic which increases the production of testosterone. The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has found Matzka guilty of a doping violation and handed him a two-year ban.
Kleber Da Silva Ramos also tested positive in 2016, with tests before the Olympic Games showing the presence of the EPO-related product CERA. The UCI Tribunal found him guilty and imposed a four-year ban.
Three Colombian riders were also handed four-year bans for CERA. Their cases were made public in November when it emerged that eight riders had tested positive at the Vuelta a Colombia. They are the national under 23 champion Róbinson Fabián López Rivera (Boyacá Es Para Vivirla), Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (EPM) and Jonathan Felipe Paredes Hernandez (Ebsa – Indeportes Boyaca).
The final outcome relating to the other positives from the race is yet to be communicated. The riders in question are the Colombians Luis Alberto Largo Quintero (Sogamoso-argos-cooservicios-idrs), Fabio Nelson Montenegro Forero (Ebsa – Indeportes Boyaca) and Luis Fernando Camargo Flechas (Supergiros), plus the Bolivian Oscar Soliz Vilca (Movistar club team). All were positive for CERA, while the Colombian Juan Carlos Cadena Sastoque (Depormundo-m Bosa-ramguiflex) provided a urine sample which had traces of 19-noretiocholanolone and 19-norandrosterone, both anabolic androgenic steroids.