After a sedate jour de repos, the Tour de France peloton woke up to the race's second positive test. Barloworld rider Moises Duenas has tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in a sample taken after the Stage 4 time-trial at Cholet. The former Tour de l'Avenir winner was Barloworld's best-placed rider overall, moving into nineteenth overall before the rest day after finishing eleventh on Hautacam. The twenty-seven year old has been withdrawn from the Tour de France and suspended by Barloworld. It is believed, meanwhile, that the remaining seven riders on the team will be allowed to take the start in Lannemezan this morning.
The news of this test, revealed by leading French anti-doping agency AFLD, follows hot on the heels of the race's first doping positive, which was also for EPO, of Liquigas cyclist Manuel Beltran.
Team Barloworld Press Release
Today at 9 am Team Barloworld received a communication from AFDL about the positivity of one of their rider, Spaniard Moises Duenas Nevado , after the fourth stage of the Tour de France, Cholet-Cholet, on July 8.
The rider was immediately suspended by Team Barloworld, so he will not take the start of the eleventh stage, Lannemezan-Foix.
"I am stunned - told Team Manager Claudio Corti just after the communication - but I want to go deeper in this story before telling something definitive and planning our next actions. The one thing I can certainly state, by now, is that the Team is not involved in this story at all, and our will is to hardly sanction any fact that damages our credibility and image".
More to come.