Doping ban; This time it is cycling

Albert Fernandez The Spanish rider Alberto Fernandez de la Puebla (Fuji-Servetto) was suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for testing positive for EPO. The urine test, which was described as “targeted” by the UCI, has been carried out of competition “on the basis of information contained in the rider’s biological passport”. It was conducted October 15, two days before the Tour of Lombardy.

Fernandez de la Puebla, who may require the analysis of his B sample was provisionally suspended pending a hearing by the Spanish Federation. The Madrid native, aged 25, rode this season for Team Fuji-Servetto, the successor of Saunier Duval which parted with the sport following the 2008 Tour de France and the doping scandal involving Riccardo Ricco.

Fernandez de la Puebla has recently signed to ride in 2010 for the Carmiooo-NGC team. The Spaniard has a modest palmares including a stage in the Tour of Asturias.


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