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WADA and UCI on the Landis Revelations

wada and uci on the landis revelations 300x200   WADA and UCI on the Landis RevelationsFloyd Landis’ allegations led to naming several cyclists accused of doping as well as a UCI official being on the take. The World Anti-Doping Agency and Union Cycliste International (UCI) both gave statements in response to the events that have transpired after Landis’ revelations.

Pat McQuaid, UCI President, expressed his thoughts over the allegations Landis gave, branding them as “scandalous and mischievous”. McQuaid further adds, “These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it.”

UCI issued a statement on Landis’ move to allow his allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The statement reads:

“The UCI regrets that Mr. Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate. An impartial investigation is a fundamental right, as Mr. Landis will understand having contested, for two years, the evidence…

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Cyclist Giunti Suspension Tested Positive for EPO

cyclists giunti suspension tested positive epo   Cyclist Giunti Suspension Tested Positive for EPO

Last month, Massimo Giunti of Androni Giocattoli, was found positive for EPO during a targeted out-of-competition test. He was consequently suspended by the International Cycling Union and was quickly pulled out of the Tirreno-Adriatico race.

Androni Giocattoli principal Gianni Savio received the news with shock. This is due to the unexpected result from the blood work done on the 35 year old cyclist. He lamented on the unfortunate turn of events because the team underwent a half-day course on anti-doping last November on their training camp.

Giunti showed an unusual blood profile in his biological passport which led to the testing by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Lausanne, Switzerland. The urine test on February 23 showed positive EPO findings. Giunti can still request for analysis of a B sample.

Savio pushes to point out that this was not a team violation and expects the invite for Giro d’Italia in May to be still…

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