Vuelta News for September 10, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry
No Vuelta roadblocks from CPLD
Free to ride
Photo: © AFP
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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