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Spaniard Moises Duenas tests positive for EPO

Latest update : 2008-07-16

Tour rider Moises Duenas Nevado (Barloworld) has tested positive for blood-boosting drug EPO, following the fourth Tour de France stage. He is the second rider to be tested positive this year and has been banned from his team.

Spain's Moises Duenas Nevado tested positive for the blood boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO) after the fourth stage of the Tour de France, the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We notified Moises Duenas Nevado that he had tested positive for EPO after the fourth stage this morning at 0900 a.m. (0700 GMT)," AFLD president Pierre Bordry said.

The 27-year-old Barloworld rider had been pulled out of the by race by his team, Tour organisers added.

Duenas Nevado became the second Spanish rider to fail a doping test during this year's race after Liquigas rider Manuel Beltran was arrested by French police last week following an announcement that he had tested positive, also for EPO.

Police raided the hotel were Duenas Nevado's team were staying before the start of Wednesday's 11th stage, Bouygues-Telecom team manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau told Reuters.

"Around 50 police officers stormed into the hotel this morning," said Bernaudeau, whose team were also staying at the hotel. "I can say it was not for us", he added.

Australia's Cadel Evans was the race leader going into Wednesday's stage, a 167.5-km ride from Lannemezan to Foix.
 

Date created : 2008-07-16

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