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12 Riders Caught Doping at the Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica

Doping is apparently alive and well in the sport of cycling in Costa Rica, as  cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has announced that 11 riders including the winner returned adverse analytical findings during anti-doping tests at last December’s Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica.

The list of riders include overall race winner Juan Carlos Rojas Villalegas, third-place finisher Cesar Andres Rojas Villalegas, Jewinson Leandro Varela Zuniga, stage 4 winner Vladimir Fernandez Torres, Jose Alexis Rodriquez Villalobos, Jason Huertas Araya, Jose Irias, Gabriel Eduardo Marin Sanchez, leader after stage 2 Melvin Mora Garita, Kevin Murillo Solano and Jordy Sandoval.

All were notified of an AAF of the third-generation blood booster EPO-CERA, except Jeancarlo Padilla, who was notified of an AAF of EPO. Both CERA and EPO are classified as “Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics” as per the World Anti-Doping Prohibited List.

Each rider has the opportunity to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

According to a statement from the UCI, they were intelligence-led doping controls that were planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling.

The CADF had assistance from the Federacion Costarricense de Ciclismo, the Comisión Nacional Antidopaje de Costa Rica and the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreacion.

The mass-positives come two months after eight riders tested positive for banned substances at the Vuelta a Colombia in similar intelligence-led controls.

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that 12 riders were notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) in samples collected on 22 December 2017 during the Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica.

The riders Juan Carlos Rojas Villalegas, Cesar Andres Rojas Villalegas, Jewinson Leandro Varela Zuniga, Vladimir Fernandez Torres, Jose Alexis Rodriquez Villalobos, Jason Huertas Araya, Jose Irias, Gabriel Eduardo Marin Sanchez, Melvin Mora Garita, Kevin Murillo Solano and Jordy Sandoval were notified of an AAF of CERA*. The rider Jeancarlo Padilla was notified of an AAF of EPO*.

These intelligence-led doping controls were planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling, with the assistance of the Federacion Costarricense de Ciclismo, the Comisión Nacional Antidopaje de Costa Rica and the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreacion.

The riders have the opportunity to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the riders have been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the matter.

At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on any of these cases.

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