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Thursday 29, Oct 2015

  Gran Fondo New York Winner Stripped Of Title

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Oscar Tovar of Colombia, the winner of the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, has been stripped of his title. This was after he failed an in-competition anti-doping test at the May event, according to an announcement by the organizers and the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

Tovar won the 100-mile (160km) race that featured 5,000 cyclists from 70 nations, in less than four hours and 15 minutes on May 17. His ban was backdated to start May 17 and any results since then were also forfeited. However, Tovar was able to keep his victory in the Gran Fondo NY Colombia, staged in Bogota on April 26.

A USADA test found that the 32-year-old Tovar had synthetic testosterone in his system on May 17, 2015, following the 100-mile event. Tovar has been banned for two years under WADA rules and Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) has banned the Colombian for life from all GFNY of its events.

GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme said we are of course upset and hurt that a doper taints the reputation of our race and had us celebrate him on the day. Fluhme added however, it is without a doubt more important for us to do what we can to make our race fair, of which doping controls are an integral part. The GFNY CEO also commented that simply looking away and not testing the athletes is the worst decision that a race director can make because it forces everyone to take drugs to try to level the playing field.

The Gran Fondo starts under the George Washington Bridge in New York and winds through urban and rural areas, including Bear Mountain, before finishing in the suburbs of New Jersey. The 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York brought as many as 5,000 riders through all five Rockland towns, and riders from 70 countries, including last year’s top finisher, Gabriel Corredor of Colombia. The longer course winds its way across the George Washington Bridge and then riders have to climb Perkins Memorial Drive on Bear Mountain before they head west into Ramapo for a stop at Provident Bank Park. After this, they go down South Mountain Road and through Orangeburg en route to rejoin Route 9W for the return to Manhattan.

In the last few years, the sport of cycling has been marred by many doping controversies. Some of the biggest names in the world of professional cycling, including Lance Armstrong, were found guilty of doping and banned. The UCI, the world governing body of cycling, has been on an improvisation mission ever since to curb doping in cycling. During this year’s Tour de France, anti-doping controls at the Tour de France were done in collaboration with the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). In a press release, UCI president Brian Cookson had said he would like to highlight once again the excellent climate in which all the stakeholders involved in the fight against doping work together on a daily basis for the benefit of our sport. Cookson had added we can be confident of the robustness of our program thanks to the sharing of information between all anti-doping actors and a strategy focused on even more targeted controls.

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Friday 14, Sep 2012

  Gabriele Guarini Banned For Two Years

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Gabriele guarini banned for two years

Italian rider Gabriele Guarini has been handed over a ban of two years by the United States Anti-doping Agency after he tested positive for a banned Oxygen-Enhancing Peptide Hormone (EPO).

Guarini accepted the results of his A sample that was collected at the Gran Fondo New York on May 20, 2012. He is the second rider after David Anthony who was participating in the same race to be banned for using EPO. Oxygen-Enhancing Peptide Hormones are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”), and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Guarini, in his communications with USADA, accepted responsibility for his actions and made an apology to those involved with the Gran Fondo New York including its organizers and competitors. His two-year period of ineligibility began on June 3, 2012 and the rider has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to May 20, 2012, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

The rider was fourth overall and also best of the 50-54 age group and David Anthony was quickest in the 45-49 age group. Anthony remarked that he was trying ways to enhance his performance and that was cheating and added that his team, coaches and friends had absolutely no knowledge or participation in this.

The founder of a Manhattan-based digital publishing company and a three-time winner of the Tour of the Battenkill race in upstate New York, David Anthony, said the drug use was not for winning or money but to remain relevant in the group, which was pretty addicting, and for maintaining his social standing within the local racing scene and on his BH-Comedy Central amateur team.

Gran Fondo New York CEO Ulrich Fluhme said he is shocked to hear about the news on the positive tests of Gabriele Guarini from Parto, Italy and David Anthony of New York City and said doping control helps clean riders enjoy fair competition and said the testing announcement before the event kept away notorious cheaters. Fluhme added that the race was not for money but had a first prize of an $8,000 Pinarello plus a total prize fund of over $100,000 and this was the reason why he deemed it fit to involve the USADA to test cyclists. Participants were informed a month in advance before the Gran Fondo New York that the USADA will operate pre- and post-race doping protocols, Fluhme remarked.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was onsite in Weehawken, NJ, the finish site of Gran Fondo New York on May 20, 2012 and performed the testing. The anti-doping agency was appointed by Gran Fondo New York to perform urine testing for both OOC and IC testing on its behalf. All the doping control tests were conducted in complete accordance with the USA Anti-Doping Rules, which are in accord with World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standard for Testing.

Five thousand cyclists from seventy-two countries participated at the second annual Gran Fondo New York International (“GFNY”) on May 20, 2012.

Gabriele Guarini Banned For Two Years

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