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Mayo Tests Positive for EPO July 30, 2007

Posted by dperry1ma in Iban Mayo, Saunier Duval, Tour de France.

Saunier Duval-Prodir today announced that Iban Mayo, who finished the Tour yesterday in 16th place,  had been suspended for failing a doping test for EPO taken during last week’s rest day in the middle of the mountainous Pyrenees stages. Mayo will be fired by the team if his B sample comes back positive.

Mayo had finished the brutal Stage 8 in the Alpes in second place just behind Michael Rasmussen, putting him briefly in contention for the Yellow Jersey (3rd place overall for 5 stages) until a terrible time trial in Albi put him out of reach. He also finished in 16th place in Stage 16 in the Pyrenees the day following the failed test, and 17th in Stage 7 in the Alpes.

The 29 year old Spaniard had already been under suspicion earlier this year following a “non-negative” result for testosterone at the Giro d’Italia in May, but had been cleared by the UCI.



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