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Thursday 27, Sep 2012

  Pietro Caucchioli Banned

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Pietro Caucchioli Banned

Italian professional road racing cyclist, Pietro Caucchioli (born 28 August 1975 in Bovolone, Veneto), was suspended for two years by the National Anti-Doping Tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for doping from abnormalities found in his biological passport.

The 34-year-old was given a two-year suspension and a fine by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). The cyclist was suspended by his Lampre team it was revealed he was showing abnormal values in the system. The suspension of Caucchioli is retroactive to June 18, 2009, ending June 17, 2011. The cyclist was provisionally suspended since June of 2009 because of abnormal values in his Biological Passport, something that has now been officially deemed a breach of the Anti-Doping Rules.

The cyclist was disqualified of all his results obtained as from 7 May 2009. The UCI examined many blood samples belonging to the cyclist between April 2008 and May 2009 and found the athlete violating the anti-doping regulations prohibiting methods of enhancing oxygen transfer (blood doping). Caucchioli filed a statement of appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sports on 23 July 2010 for requesting the annulment of the CONI decision that suspended him for a period of two years starting on 18 June 2009. The CAS Panel also evaluated all the objections raised by Pietro Caucchioli concerning possible preanalytical and analytical irregularities that may have been committed by some laboratories and that may, in turn, have affected the reliability of the results.

Pietro Caucchioli (Lampre) and Francesco de Bonis (Diquigiovanni) were the two Italian cyclists who were identified in cycling’s new rigorous anti-doping biological passport program and were suspended by their respective teams. The problems of Caucchioli started when he provided a blood test on the eve of the Tour of Poland in September 2008 before he joined the team. The duo, along with former world road race champion Igor Astarloa and two other Spanish cyclists were identified by the UCI due to irregularities from blood samples on their respective passports. The ICU said, the five had “violated the anti-doping rules on the basis of information from blood profiles on their biological passport.”

Caucchioli was also implicated by Bernhard Kohl in the Austrian case revolving around his ex-manager Stefan Matschiner and the blood bank HumanPlasma. Kohl remarked that Caucchioli made a one-time payment for using the blood centrifuge that was purchased by himself, fellow cyclist Michael Rasmussen, and cross country skiing champion Christian Hoffman.

Kohl was banned for testing positive for EPO CERA and told investigators from Austria that top cyclists, Thomas Dekker and Pietro Caucchioli, had used blood-doping centrifuges acquired by his former manager Stefan Matschiner between 2006 and 2008. Kohl apparently said Matschiner him that cyclists Michael Boogerd, Thomas Dekker, and Pietro Caucchioli had used the machines in exchange for a one-time payment. A two-time Dutch champion, Dekker, and Caucchioli were both kept out of 2009 Tour de France after testing positive for doping while Boogerd retired in October 2007. Matschiner, who has admitted to performing irregular blood transfusions for Kohl, was also the manager of Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen who got thrown off the race at the 2007 Tour de France following doping allegations.

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Thursday 07, Apr 2011

  Bernhard Kohl falls to disgrace

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Bernhard Kohl falls to disgraceThe Silence Lotto team has decided to sack Bernhard Kohl after his sample tested positive to CERA, the new generation of the banned blood booster EPO, at the Tour de France.

The National anti-doping agency (AFLD) of France confirmed the positive sample finding.

It was revealed by the anti-doping authorities that a sample of Kohl contained CERA before and during the Tour after re-tests at a laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry.

Tuesday 15, Mar 2011

  Silence Lotto team to sack Kohl

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Silence Lotto team to sack KohlBernhard Kohl is expected to be sacked by the Silence Lotto team after he tested positive for CERA, the new generation of the banned blood booster EPO, at the Tour de France.

A sample of Kohl was found to contain CERA before and during the Tour after re-tests at a laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry.

The positive sample finding was confirmed by France’s national anti-doping agency (AFLD).

Thursday 25, Dec 2008

  2008 most controversial doping cases

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steroidsThis year is Olympic year so it’s more interesting than the previous years as far as doping is concerned.

Remember the canny seven Russian track and field athletes who resorted to urine swapping to pass drug tests?

The International Association of the Athletics Federation officials became suspicious when said women athletes were always present for unannounced random tests. The Russians were also very punctual, arriving at testing places even before the IAAF officials got there.

“There were no ‘no shows’,” one official told Reuters. “The Russians were always there.”

So the officials started storing the athletes’ samples. Further investigation revealed that the latest urine samples provided by the athletes did not match the DNA of the stored samples. The Russians were later suspended. The athletes include Tatyana Tomashova, the two-time world 1,500 meters champion; and Yelena Soboleva, the world indoor 1,500 meters champion.

And who wouldn’t remember the Greek athletes who figured prominently in this year’s doping list because of quite a handful of failed dope tests.

In March, eleven of the 14 members of the Greek weightlifting team tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone in out-of-competition testing in Athens. Then there was champion hurdler Fani Halkia, sprinter Dimitris Regas, and Anastasios Gousis who got banned for testing positive also for methyltrienolone. All Greek athletes were suspended for doping.

In Tour de France four riders, including the third finisher Bernhard Kohl, were suspended for testing positive for CERA, the new generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO

There was Marion Jones’ sprint in and out of jail for her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her involvement in a check fraud case. Jones began her six-month jail term March and was released September 5.

The NFL’s diuretic case also was in the news which involved several athletes who blamed the StarCaps weight-loss pill for their failed dope tests. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Vikings were among the players who tested positive for the masking agent bumetanide.

The Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds anabolic steroids cases also dominated the sports scene in 2008 and are expected to remain in the headlines in 2009. The much-awaited Barry Bonds trial will commence March next year

Sunday 30, Nov 2008

  Bernhard Kohl gets 2-year ban for blood doping

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Tour_De_France_steroidsThis year’s Tour de France best climber Bernhard Kohl receives a two-year suspension from the Austrian anti-doping agency (NADA).

Kohl, who also finished third overall in this year’s race, had tested positive for the blood booster CERA, the latest version of exogenous erythropoietin aka EPO.

The 26-year-old rider met with NADA on Nov. 24 and his suspension was announced after the closed door meeting. Contrary to earlier speculation that he will fully cooperate with authorities and reveal his drug source, Kohl did not reveal his drug source.

“Bernhard is willing to cooperate and he will tell about how he got the substance and how and where he used it,” Kohl’s manager Stefan Matschiner stated prior to the meeting with NADA.

The chairman of NADA’s disciplinary committee, Gernot Schaar, said Kohl did not divulge any details on how he got the CERA, a new variant of erythropoietin aka EPO.

“He did not name any names of the men behind his doping use,” Schaar said. “That means there could be no doubt about the penalty.”

Kohl’s could have gotten a lesser penalty had he fully cooperated with authorities.

“I’ve made my statement and I’ve been honest,” Kohl said. “If it’s appreciated (by NADA), it will be a good sign for the sport.”

Kohl was disappointed that he still got the maximum penalty despite coming out clean with his admission.

“It’s a shame that I got the same penalty as someone who denies everything. This is the wrong way. I definitely made clear how I got it and what my reasons behind it were.”

Matschiner, who did not attend the meeting, also expressed his disappointment with the verdict.

“I really hoped his cooperative attitude would have lowered the penalty,” Matschiner was quoted as saying in an interview with Austrian media after the announcement of the ban.