Monthly Archives: July 2008

Italian rider Riccardo Ricco admits taking EPO at Tour de France

Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco admitted on Wednesday that he took the blood-booster EPO before this month’s Tour de France.

Ricco, who tested positive in a doping control after the fourth stage of the three-week race, now could face a two-year ban after appearing before the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor.

“In front of the anti-doping prosecutor I have taken responsibility,” he told reporters.

Ricoo said that he took EPO before Tour.

The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) later said Ricco had tried to avoid the doping test.

Ricco was kicked out of the race when the results of the test were revealed and his Saunier-Duval team left the Tour.

Spanish cycling team Saunier Duval lost its main sponsor after two of its riders tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the Tour de France.

Vaillant, a German manufacturer of heating systems, said Wednesday that its Spanish subsidiary was pulling out of sponsoring the Saunier Duval team as a result of “current events.”

British sprinter Dwain Chambers will not be able to run at the Olympics after he lost his attempt to overturn his lifetime ban

Dwain Chambers took his case to secure an injunction against the British Olympic Association by-law to the High Court, but the ruling went against him.

Under British Olympic Association rules, the sprinter was banned from future Games after testing positive for the steroid THG in 2003.

But Mr Justice Mackay refused to grant an injunction to temporarily suspend the lifetime ban before a full hearing – which is now not expected to go ahead – in March next year.

In his summing up, Mr Mackay said Chambers’ right to work was not a good enough reason to overturn the ban, while the last-minute timing had also worked against him.

Dwain Chambers