By road: the International Cycling Federation has, with the help of the biological passports discovered irregular values in three athletes’ blood profiles. The trio identified is Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas-Doimo), Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia-Cajasur) and Tadej Valjavec (AG2R-La Mondiale).
The International Cycling Federation has, with the help of the biological passports discovered irregular values in three athletes’ blood profiles. The trio identified is Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas-Doimo), Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia-Cajasur) and Tadej Valjavec (AG2R-La Mondiale).
The UCI has confirmed that they have requested that disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against the three riders for violating anti-doping rules, based on the information that the blood profiles on their biological passport.
Liquigas-Doimo do not trust fully on the International Cycling Federation so they have started their own investigation of Franco Pellizottis blood values. It is the team’s physician, Dr. Roberto Corsetti, who will analyze the italienarens blood values.
In a press release announced the Liquigas Sport that they will cooperate with the investigation but at the same time made it clear that they will pursue its own investigation before taking any action against Franco Pellizotti.
The French AG2R-La Mondiale, it is a completely different tone. Vincent Lavenu who is the manager of the team was furious when he found out that one of his riders were identified with irregular blood values in his biological passport. Lavenu announced immediately that Tadej Valjavec will be fired as soon as his National Association acted.
“I was told that while the press. I’m going to cope with this situation because our team strongly believes in the biological passport and we fund it-as well as the other teams that are part of this program. We will respect the rules, “said Vincent Lavenu.
– Tadej Valjavec will not run the Giro d’Italia. He is temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure until the Slovenian Cycling Federation has taken sanctions against him. After that, he fired, clarifies the Frenchman clearly.
Franco Pellizotti who finished second in the Giro last year and was one of the favourites for the final victory this year, nor to start. Probable replacement is Vincenzo Nibali.