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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Contador domestique André Cardoso tests positive for EPO, kicked off Tour squad; Cardoso ‘devastated’ by test result, insists upon his innocence; Movistar coach says that Quintana is at his best level yet; Gilbert, Kittel and Martin give three-pronged approach to QuickStep Floors’ Tour de France team; Belgian media claims QuickStep team set to continue for four more years, Lefevere says deal not done; Moolman-Pasio leads Cervélo-Bigla lineup in Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile; Cromwell amongst ambitious Canyon/SRAM riders heading into Giro Rosa; Orica-Scott vying for overall victory in Giro Rosa; Talansky using brain stimulator to reach optimum Tour de France shape; American rider Casey Saunders dies in Tour of Kansas City crash; Mexican rider tests positive for EPO at Gran Fondo New York; Video: Cycling Motivation – “Euphoria”; Video: New Zealand’s U23 world MTB XC champion Sam Gaze; Video: Skoda Cycling – I Want to Ride My Bicycle
Responding to the news that he had provided an A test sample deemed positive for EPO and removed from Trek-Segafredo’s Tour de France team, André Cardoso has denied using it or any other banned substance.
“Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin,” he said in a statement issued on his Facebook page. “I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.
“Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honour I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff.
“Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy.”
The Portuguese rider has been provisionally suspended by the UCI and knows that he has a big fight on his hand. B sample results are seldom different to the A sample, and the odds of him being cleared are scarce. However he said that he is hoping that his name is cleared when the second analysis is done.
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