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Spain's Moises Duenas Nevado (allegedly) tested positive for the blood boosting drug EPO after the fourth stage of the Tour de France, according to the French anti-doping agency.
MA:It's a delayed-action EPO, which has a different molecular mass from EPO. It's only been commercially available since the start of the year. We can tell when someone's used it but we can't declare them positive. In that respect it's like Dynepo, another EPO-like product. We know that Micera was being used on the Giro, so I'm not surprised that it's also turned up at the Tour. But I would be very surprised if they AFLD had declared Riccò positive for Micera, for the reasons I've just mentioned. Maybe they searched Riccò's room and found the product itself...
The fallout continues after the positive test of Riccardo Ricco. As Cyclingnews' Laura Weislo wrote yesterday, WADA had worked with Roche, the company developing CERA, in order to prepare a test for the substance. If the B sample is confirmed, it was this collaboration which enabled the young Italian to be caught.
WADA frequently overstates their ability to detect PEDs.
How were that able to come up with the test for a third generation CERA, or EPO so quickly. I agree with you, this is starting to smell and ASTANA got off with easy with what was going to go down in this years tour. You know, they made no real effort to gain entry after failing to get an invite. Why?
Amgen's EPO is Aranesp, the second generation of Epogen (epoetin alfa), both involved in Amgen's lawsuit against Basel, Switzerland-based
Roche, which wants to introduce in the U.S. its competing red-blood cell booster, called continuous erythropoiesis receptor activator (CERA),
now branded Mircera.
Tour de France dope quatro: Leonardo Piepoli sacked from the 2008 Tour by team; Ricco in jail
Number four -- and counting -- gone from the 2008 Tour de France. This time veteran cyclist Leonardo Piepoli ended up sacked by his team Suanier Duval-Scott for ethics violations, in conjunction with the doping violation of teammate Riccardo Ricco. Ricco checked out a room in jail last night. To Cycling News:
Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli have both been fired by Saunier Duval-Scott for "doping practices", the team announced Friday. Team spokesman David Garcia told Reuters: "[Team manager] Mauro Gianetti has lost faith in them and he decided to fire them from the team. They have been fired for doping practices."
The news follows Riccò's failed test for a third generation form of the blood boosting drug EPO and the team's subsequent departure from the Tour de France on Thursday morning. Riccò spent Thursday night behind bars at a police station in Mirepoix, while the Saunier Duval bus was stopped and searched around 17.30 local time as it made its way from the race.
Riccò appeared in court in Foix on Friday morning to face charges relating to his failed test. The possession and use of banned substances is illegal under French law.