SPANISH CYCLISTS FAIL DOPE TEST

Cyclist Moises Duenas Nevado tested positive for EPO last week, according to the head of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD), Pierre Bordry. The Barloworld team cyclist was found to have used the banned blood booster during the Tour de France on July 8th. Barloworld team manager Claudio Corti said in a statement: “It has emerged that some banned medicines that were absolutely not supplied or prescribed by the team doctor were found in Moises Duenas’s room. The one thing I can certainly state is that the team is not involved in this at all, and will not sanction anything that damages our credibility and image.” The statement also said Duenas had been immediately suspended by the team and withdrawn from the 11th stage of the Tour. He is the second Spanish cyclist to test positive for the drug this year after veteran Liquigas cyclist Manuel Beltran was sent home the previous week following a positive test after the first stage. Pat McQuaid, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), has accused Spain of dragging its heels in the fight against doping. The UCI barred Spaniard Alejandro Valverde from entering the World Championships in 2009.

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