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UCI Announces Disciplinary Proceedings of Three Riders
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Date: 5/3/2010
UCI Announces Disciplinary Proceedings of Three Riders

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
Date: 03.05.2010

*Franco Pellizotti will be replaced by Vincenzo Nibali on the Giro d'Italia squad.

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