Mosquera, Garcia ‘Unaware’ of Test Results

MADRID – Spanish riders Ezequiel Mosquera and David Garcia Da Pena, who both failed dope tests according to world cycling’s ruling body, have not been officially informed of the results, their manager said Thursday.

“As of this moment, neither of the two riders has any received notification,” the manager, Juan Campos, told AFP.

The International Cycling Union earlier Thursday said Tour of Spain runner-up Mosquera and his Xacobeo teammate Garcia have both tested positive for a banned substance, Hydroxyethyl Starch, also known as HES.

The samples of both riders were tested at a WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) accredited laboratory in Cologne.

Campos complained that in such a case, “the first thing for the international bodies to do is to inform the riders, and then the media.

He said “the only doubt” that Mosquera has is that “he took a serum that as of now is not banned by the” UCI, in the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain, an individual time trial, on September 15.

Mosquera finished second behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the three-week Tour of Spain earlier this month.

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