PARIS, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Colombian rider Sergio Henao, sidelined by
Team Sky after questions over his blood values, has been cleared to return to
competition in the Tour of Switzerland starting on Saturday.
The 26-year-old climber was born at altitude in Rionegro and still lives
and trains in the region.
He was withdrawn from the race programme in March as a precautionary step
as Team Sky sought a better understanding of his physiology and its reaction
And Team Sky said on Wednesday that the findings of scientific experts
during a 10-week programme had given “valuable new insights into the
physiology of ‘altitude natives’ such as Colombian climbers”.
“By taking this structured, scientific approach, we’ve gained a better
understanding of his readings and specific physiology and valuable insights
into the effects of altitude,” Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Sergio back to racing and are looking
forward to having him at the Tour of Switzerland.
“Our approach has been fair to both the rider and the team, and whilst it
was our decision to take him out of racing, it is also ours that he returns
with our full backing.
“He’s done everything that’s been asked of him, kept his focus and fully
deserves to be racing.”