Schleck Confirms B Sample Positive

BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France, July 20, 2012 (AFP) - Former Tour de France podium finisher Frank Schleck is facing a possible suspension after a second 'B' sample confirmed a positive test for a banned diuretic. Luxembourger Schleck, who finished third on the podium last year, quit the Tour in disgrace Tuesday after being informed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) of a positive test … [Read more...]

Kolobnev’s “B” Sample Tests Positive

PARIS, July 20, 2011 (AFP) - Katusha's Russian rider Alexandr Kolobnev faces the sack and a substantial financial penalty after his 'B' sample also tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic. Kolobnev was forced out of the July 2-24 Tour de France after cycling's governing body, the UCI, announced that a urine sample taken from the Russian in-race on July 6, had tested positive for … [Read more...]

Sinkewitz ‘B’ Sample Tests Positive For HGH

BERLIN, April 8, 2011 - The 'B' sample of blood collected during a race in February from banned German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz has tested positive for the growth hormone. Sinkewitz said on his own website that he was innocent and "ready to prove it". Growth hormone showed up in tests of a blood sample taken from Sinkewitz at the GP di Lugano on February 27, leading to a provisional ban … [Read more...]

Vania Rossi ‘B’ Sample Negative For EPO

ROME, April 2, 2010 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Vania Rossi, the partner of Riccardo Ricco, thrown off the 2008 Tour de France for doping, has seen a B test for banned blood booster Cera, a form of EPO, come back negative, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Friday. CONI said in January Rossi had tested positive following the Italian cyclo-cross championships on January 10, in which she … [Read more...]

Tom Zirbel Tests Positive For DHEA

Tom Zirbel who has raced with the Bissell Pro Cycling team has had a "A" test come back positive for the banned substance DHEA. Zirbel was scheduled to race with Team Garmin-Transitions for the 2010 race season but was surprisingly missing from the roster when it was announced. It left wondering why, and it appears that now we know. "I want to inform the cycling community that an … [Read more...]

Dekker B-Sample Comes Back Positive

The B-sample requested by Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker has confirmed his positive drugs test for the banned blood-booster EPO, the ANP news agency reported on Wednesday. Dekker has accepted the findings and is awaiting his sanction, ANP reported. The 24-year-old Silence rider risks a four-year ban. The sample was originally taken on December 24, 2007, but new procedures introduced … [Read more...]

Di Luca Screaming Foul Over Positive CERA Tests

Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca on Wednesday claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after twice testing positive for banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) during May's Tour of Italy. Di Luca finished second in the event he previously won in 2007 but returned positive tests for the new-generation EPO called Cera on both May 22 and 28. He won two stages during the Giro and held the … [Read more...]

Astarloza Denies Doping Allegations

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Aug 4, 2009 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Mikel Astarloza, who was suspended after he failed an out-of-competition doping test, said Tuesday he is certain he will be cleared of the allegations. "I received a call from the UCI and I thought it was a joke. I was the first to be surprised because I know that I have done nothing wrong," he told a news conference in the northern … [Read more...]

Schumacher’s Failed Drugs Test Confirmed By B sample

BERLIN, July 7, 2009 (AFP) - The positive test of German cyclist Stefan Schumacher for EPO Cera during last year's Olympic Games has been confirmed by the B sample, his lawyer Michael Lehner said on Tuesday. The 27-year-old rider, however, continues to protest his innocence and is determined to clear his name. Lehner said they are contesting in particular the circumstances under which … [Read more...]

Disgraced Tour de France Rider Beltran Fails Second Drug Test

MADRID, Sept 2, 2008 (AFP) - The second sample provided by Spanish rider Manuel Beltran, who tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) during the Tour de France, has also tested positive for the blood booster, a source close to the dossier said Tuesday. The test on the second sample, known as the "B" sample, was carried out by French anti-doping agency AFLD which also tested the first sample … [Read more...]