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Vuelta News for September 10, 2003

Edited by Chris Henry

No Vuelta roadblocks from CPLD

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The French Conseil de Prévention et de Lutte contre le Dopage (CPLD) has confirmed that it will not make any effort to prevent Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE-Eroski) and Txema Del Olmo (Milaneza-MSS) from carrying on with Vuelta a España stages 7 and 8, which take the Spanish tour onto French soil for some serious climbing in the Pyrénées mountains.

Both riders are have been banned from competition in France by the CPLD. Gonzalez de Galdeano received a six month suspension beginning March 2003 for a positive test for salbutamol during the 2002 Tour de France. Del Olmo is banned from racing in France for three years after testing positive for EPO in the 2001 Tour. The CPLD ban pertains to events organised or authorised by the French cycling federation (FFC).

"The Vuelta does not fall into either category," FFC legal representative Christophe Lavergne told l'Equipe. "For us these two riders have the right to race in France on Friday and Saturday."

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