UCI Announces Disciplinary Proceedings of Three Riders
The UCI announced the Commencement of disciplinary proceedings on the basis of
the study of biological passport on three pro riders today...
Description: After having informed all the parties concerned
(riders, National Federations, teams, National Anti-Doping Organisations and the
World Anti-Doping Agency), the International Cycling Union announces that
disciplinary procedures have been requested against the following riders for
apparent violation of the Anti-Doping Rules on the basis of the information
provided by the blood profiles in their biological passports:
Franco Pellizotti (ITA) Liquigas*
Jesus Rosendo Prado (ESP) Andalucia - Caja Sur
Tadej Valjavec (SLO) Ag2r La Mondiale
The UCI emphasizes that these proceedings are being initiated as a result of
the recommendations of the independent experts who were appointed when the
biological passport programme was launched.
Since the introduction of the new programme, the regular analysis of
individual profiles has not only led to proceedings of the type described above,
but has also allowed increasingly effective targeting of riders for
out-of-competition anti-doping controls.
Each rider mentioned above shall be accorded the right to the presumption of
innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter. Under the World
Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any
additional information at this time.
UCI Press Services
*Franco Pellizotti will be replaced by Vincenzo Nibali on the Giro
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