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Friday 01, Feb 2013

  Rasmussen Expected To Confess To Doping

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Rasmussen Expected To Confess To Doping

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is expected to make a confession on Thursday that he made use of performance enhancing drugs in what would be the latest doping scandal in the sport since the admission of disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong in January when the cycling champion admitted to making use of anabolic steroids, cortisone, EPO, and other banned drugs to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

Rasmussen will will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. local time and the anti-doping agency of Denmark has scheduled its own news conference later in the afternoon. It is believed that the 38-year-old Rasmussen will come clean about “extensive doping” during his career. The Danish cyclist led the 2007 Tour de France before he was kicked out for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests and suspended from the Danish national cycling team at UCI World Championships and Olympic Games. He later on admitted that he had lied and was given a ban of two years from cycling but has insisted till now that he didn’t break any rules and never tested positive for any drugs.

The Danish professional road bicycle racer who rides for the Danish team Christina Watches-Onfone specializes in climbing and is well known for his care for detail when considering weights. He started his career as a mountain biker and went on to win the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before he became a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he was able to secure a contract of one year and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 after a string of good results in August and September.

According to a multiple sourced VeloNews article, mountain bike racer Whitney Richards accused Rasmussen of trying to get him to transport a box of his favorite cycling shoes to his Italian training base that turned out to include packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute. Richards claimed he destroyed it and that made Rasmussen angry. The incident was also described in the epilogue of journalist David Walsh’s recent book From Lance to Landis. After the expiry of his suspension on July 25, 2009, Rasmussen took part in the Designa Grand Prix in Kjellerup, Denmark two days later, and finished in second place and then signed the next season for the Italian Continental ranked team, Miche Silver Cross. Rasmussen and Christina Design owner Christina Hembo presented their new team Christina Watches-Onfone on December 9, 2010 and announced the goal to become a UCI Pro Tour team in 2016 after they had received a UCI Continental license.

The biggest doping scandal in cycling from Denmark came when Bjarne Riis, now the owner and manager of Team Saxo-Tinkoff, revealed in 2007 that he had used EPO, a mix of growth hormones and cortisone, to win the Tour in 1996.

Earlier this week, Luxembourg cyclist Frank Schleck was suspended by anti-doping authorities until July 14 after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year’s Tour de France.

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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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