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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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Ignacio Maldondo has become the latest from South America to fail an anti-doping test, with the 27 year old being provisionally suspended by the UCI. Details on the governing body’s website showed that the Uruguayan was tested on January 21, the day the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional started.
He finished 27th on the stage, his best placing of the race. As he wasn’t a top finisher on the day, it suggests that the test was either random or targeted. If it was the latter, there may have been information which led to closer scrutiny by the UCI. His positive was for the blood booster CERA.
At the end of January the UCI announced that a dozen Costa Rican riders had been nabbed for either EPO or CERA at the Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica in December.
Positive tests for such products typically lead to a four year ban, unless the rider has previously served a suspension. In this case the sanction is often lengthened. Conversely, penalties can be shortened if substantial information is provided to help the fight against doping.