Cycling News Flash for July 31, 2007
Edited by Sue George, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer
Mayo tests positive for EPO
Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval-Prodir)
Photo ©: Sirotti
Iban Mayo tested positive for EPO on the Tour de France's rest day, July
24, it was announced Monday night. His Saunier Duval team was informed
of the positive test by the UCI and immediately suspended the Spanish
The 29 year-old finished 16th in the Tour de France, which finished Sunday.
He was 27'09" behind winner and compatriot Alberto Contador (Discovery
Channel). The Basque was the Spanish team's leader.
"In line with the fight against doping that the team fully support,
the rider is immediately suspended until the B sample has been tested,"
Saunier Duval said on their web site saunierduvalteam.com. "If
that is confirmed as positive as well, we will proceed to rescind his
Team manager Josean Fernandez Matxin confirmed the UCI's notification
of the positive test on the Tour's second rest day, calling the news a
"disagreeable surprise." He told the Europa Press agency
that the team is eager to demonstrate that it is clean.
"At no time had he been a suspicious rider," he said. "On
the contrary, Mayo passed all the UCI controls, all the internal controls,
and he had never been suspicious. This has been bad news."
Mayo joined Saunier Duval from the Basque team Euskaltel-Euskadi this
season. He finished sixth in the Tour de France in 2003 and won the Dauphine
Libere in 2004.
This is the third doping case to arise from the recently concluded Tour
de France. Alexandre Vinkourov (Astana) tested positive for blood doping
and Christian Moreni (Cofidis) for testosterone. Race leader Michael Rasmussen
was pulled out of the race by his Rabobank team for having lied about
his whereabouts during training prior to the Tour. Both Astana and Cofidis
pulled their teams from the Tour folllowing the positive doping tests.
Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for more information as the story develops.
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