The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the WorldÃ‚Â Anti-Doping Agency’s two-year ban on Iban Mayo following the 2007 Tour de France when he posted positive results in a urine test for EPO. Ã‚Â The news tarnishes an otherwise stellar few months for Spanish cyclists (TDF win, Gold Medal). Ã‚Â Unfortunately, there have been a few bad apples:Ã‚Â Moises Duenas Nevado and Manuel Beltran tested positive at the Tour for third-generation EPO, also known as CERA, and Maria Isabel Moreno was caught using it at the Olympic village in Beijing.
UCI presidentÃ‚Â Pat McQuaid had this to say:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Spanish federation have constantly defended athletes who have been involved in doping cases,Ã¢â‚¬Â McQuaid told The Associated Press on Tuesday before the Mayo verdict was published. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They have been light in the way theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve treated doping cases.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mayo’s ban should end in late July, 2009. Ã‚Â More on this here and here.